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Department News GOVERNMENTAL RELATIONS


Electronic Notary Officially Takes Effect in Missouri By David Kent, Vice President of Legislative and Advocacy Programming


Missouri’s notary public statute took a giant leap forward this year with the passage of House Bill 1655. Although traditional notary services are not significantly affected, members of the banking industry and the public will be interested in the legislation’s approval of electronic and remote online notary (RON) services. MBA has worked for several years with various stakeholders to help develop this legislation, but the COVID-19 pandemic increased the urgency to find an acceptable solution.


Emergency rules for the notary public law, including for RON, were issued by Secretary of State Jay Ashcroſt and took effect Tuesday, Sept. 15. Ashcroſt also issued permanent rules at the same time because emergency rules exist only for a limited time. Permanent rules must go through a public comment period before taking effect, with the comment period ending Oct. 31.


For information on the rules, visit the secretary of state’s website at sos.mo.gov/ProposedRules. For information on electronic notary, including the application and training course, refer to the secretary of state’s website at sos.mo.gov/ Business/Notary/FormsForNewNotary.


Missouri notaries commissioned by the secretary of state who wish to offer electronic and RON services from their Missouri locations will apply to the secretary of state under these rules and, if approved, be required to use approved soſtware providers to ensure secure technology that protects data and


creates auditable records. Notaries may collect a separate, disclosed and agreed upon fee for remote online notary services.


MBA’s governmental relations team is monitoring races on the Nov. 3 ballot. In addition to the presidential race, all eight of Missouri’s congressional seats are on the ballot. On the state level, voters will decide races for governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general, secretary of state, and treasurer, as well as odd- numbered state Senate districts and all 163 state House seats.


Tree state Senate races are expected to be very competitive — Senate Districts 1 and 15 in the St. Louis area and Senate District 19 in Columbia. District 1 is an open seat featuring Doug Beck (D) and David Lenihan (R). In District 15, incumbent Andrew Koenig (R) faces Deb Lavender (D). Incumbent Caleb Rowden (R) is being challenged by Judy Baker (D) in District 19.


Republicans are expected to maintain their majorities in both the House and Senate and likely will hold on to their supermajorities in both chambers as well.


MBA encourages everyone to get out and vote Nov. 3. Te government relations team will provide a summary of winners in the Missouri Banker Update e-newsletter following the election.


Send achievements, news and announcements to Lori Bruce, MBA communications


director, at lbruce@mobankers.com for posssible inclusion in the next issue of The Missouri Banker.


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