Thursday, December 15, 2016

That Time When Pres. Obama Gave Notaries a Second Chance (to Save Themselves)

Merry Christmas, Pres. Obama:

This is about the Interstate Recognition of Notarial Acts (IRON ACT) that you vetoed back in 2011.

Sir, I didn't vote for you, but I have been grateful for several years that you nixed this act that Congress had passed--it was laying on your desk, just waiting for your signature! You said NO.

Had the IRON ACT passed into law, remote notaries in Virginia might be the only ones being used in the U.S.A. The rest of the states might not even have notaries because everyone prefers doing things online these days!

I appreciate that you gave us a second chance to get our ducks lined up. Hopefully, we won't blow it.

Today, I'm going to encourage ALL of my fellow notaries to be aware of how killing remote notary acts in Texas might cause us to become EXTINCT and undo what your 2nd chance provided.

Best, Brenda Stone

Dear Texas Notary Friends:

I am not a fan of notarizing by webcam, but it is something that we all need to realize isn't science fiction--it's a reality.

We need to consider what happens if we block all technology progress in our notary world.

Many of you may not know that in 2011, President Obama gave us a break...a little breathing room. He vetoed the Interstate Recognition of Notarial Acts. He did this to stop congress from changing notarial rules that might cause foreclosures  to be easier.

Funny thing was...

No one promoting the IRON ACT was thinking about foreclosures. 

President Obama wasn't thinking about remote notarization! 

Rather, this act was promoted and endorsed to congress members by promoters of remote notarization laws for at least five years prior to 2011. Read it and you'll see that it was for the purpose of recognizing electronic notarial acts across state lines.

If this had not happened, it is almost certain that remote notaries in Virginia would be doing most of the notarial acts across the country. They would have remote notarization capabilities and the IRON Act would require all states to recognize those as valid.

We got a reprieve.

If remote notarization is proposed in Texas again, we should not be so quick to fax and yell at lawmakers to "Kill the bill!"

This time, we need to understand that blocking progress in Texas makes us a bit like dinosaurs.

We might as well say, "Yeah, Virginia can have our business...we won't look into the future. If it was good 'nuf in ancient Rome, it's great now."

Folks, you may be angry at me for saying these things, but I'm not the one it affects.  Those most affected most will be younger notaries who plan to remain active for several years.  The next three years probably  won't be affected at all, even if laws passed tomorrow!

But, if we don't have a state willing to accept technology and changes, GSEs and lenders will find a away around our backwards thinking.

Remote electronic notarization is coming.

Stopping it in Texas doesn't STOP IT.

I feel it will just direct it out of our hands and into Virginia notaries' computers.

Right now, at least one company is setting up call center type operations there.

Let's get ready to talk to our lawmakers if the subject comes up.

We want a raise. 

if Texas is going to allow remote notarial acts to be valid in Texas, 

we want to be able to perform online acts just like Virginia does. 
Keep all notarial acts 
in the hands of Texas notaries.

No remote notary bills have been introduced this year, 
but if they are, don't let anyone tell you what to do. 

Don't kill bills without thinking about how it will affect you this time. 

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