Requires the secretary or state and county clerks to accept payment for any fee relating to appointment or reappointment as a notary public in the form of cash, money order or by certified, company, bank or personal check; provides that the secretary of state and any county clerk may provide for accepting payment of any such fee due to him or her by credit or debit card, which may include payment through the internet.
Ayes (31): Kruger, Stachowski, Oppenheimer, Montgomery, Duane, Parker, Stavisky, Dilan, Stewart-Cousins, Thompson, Breslin, Diaz, Espada, Klein, Perkins, Valesky, DeFrancisco, Johnson O, Volker, Padavan, LaValle, Seward, Saland, Farley, Hannon, Larkin, Nozzolio, Leibell, Maziarz, Marcellino, Robach
Ayes W/R (2): Krueger, Peralta
BILL NUMBER: S6903
TITLE OF BILL : An act to amend the executive law, in relation to notary public appointment or reappointment fee payment methods
PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF THE BILL : This bill would allow people to pay notary license and license renewal fees by personal check, in addition to the currently accepted forms of payment. It would also allow the Department of State and county clerks to accept payment by credit and debit cards, as well as over the internet.
SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS : This bill amends section 131 of the Executive Law, by amending its title and by adding a new subdivision 14.
JUSTIFICATION : Notary license and license renewal fees are currently accepted in the form of a money order, certified check, company check, or bank check. However, many individuals do not have a company paying their fee, and getting a money order, certified check, or bank check imposes a pointless burden and cost on the individual. If the system can accept company checks, and is entrusting notaries to issue oaths, the system ought to be able to accept personal checks from notaries.
This bill would accommodate the convenience of the public and help bring the Department of State and county clerks up to date with modern methods of financial transactions. By accepting renewal fees by credit and debit cards, as well as by internet transactions, paperwork could be drastically reduced.
PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY : 2007-08: A.5414 - Passed Assembly
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS : None.
EFFECTIVE DATE : This act shall take effect on the first day of the first month beginning 180 days or more after it shall have become law (provided that the Secretary of State and each county clerk shall take any actions reasonably necessary, including the making of regulations, to implement this act on or before its effective date).
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 6903 IN SENATE February 23, 2010 ___________Introduced by Sen. VALESKY -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Finance AN ACT to amend the executive law, in relation to notary public appoint- ment or reappointment fee payment methods THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. The section heading of section 131 of the executive law, as added by chapter 13 of the laws of 1992, is amended and a new subdivi- sion 14 is added to read as follows: Procedure of appointment; fees and commissions; FEE PAYMENT METHODS. 14. THE SECRETARY OF STATE AND ANY COUNTY CLERK, SHALL ACCEPT PAYMENT FOR ANY FEE RELATING TO APPOINTMENT OR REAPPOINTMENT AS A NOTARY IN THE FORM OF CASH, MONEY ORDER, CERTIFIED CHECK, COMPANY CHECK, BANK CHECK OR PERSONAL CHECK. THE SECRETARY OF STATE AND ANY COUNTY CLERK MAY PROVIDE FOR ACCEPTING PAYMENT OF ANY SUCH FEE DUE TO HIM OR HER BY CREDIT OR DEBIT CARD, WHICH MAY INCLUDE PAYMENT THROUGH THE INTERNET. S 2. This act shall take effect on the first day of the first month beginning 180 days or more after it shall have become a law; provided that the secretary of state and each county clerk shall take any actions, including the making of regulations, reasonably necessary to implement this act on its effective date on or before such date.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD00793-01-9