Legislature(2003 - 2004)
2004-02-05 House JournalFull Journal pdf
2004-02-05 House Journal Page 2509 HB 439 HOUSE BILL NO. 439 by the House Rules Committee by request of the Governor, entitled: "An Act relating to the authority to take oaths, affirmations, and acknowledgments in the state; relating to notaries public; relating to fees for issuing certificates with the seal of the state affixed; and providing for an effective date." was read the first time and referred to the State Affairs, Judiciary, and Finance Committees. The following fiscal note(s) apply: 1. Fiscal, Office of the Governor The Governor's transmittal letter dated February 4, 2004, follows: "Dear Speaker Kott: Under the authority of article III, section 18, of the Alaska Constitution, I am transmitting a bill relating to the authority to take oaths, affirmations, and acknowledgements in the state to notaries public, and to fees for issuing certificates with the seal of the state affixed. 2004-02-05 House Journal Page 2510 The primary purpose of the bill is to comprehensively update AS 44.50, the chapter that governs notaries public, which includes among its provisions qualifications to become a notary public, duties of notaries public, and liability in the event of misconduct or neglect. AS 44.50 has not been comprehensively revised since it was enacted in 1961. Sections 6-13 of the bill would repeal obsolete provisions, update antiquated language, and add new provisions where needed. Similarly, sections 2-4 of the bill would update statutes in AS 09, the Alaska civil code, relating to notaries' responsibilities when notarizing, verifying, and acknowledging signed instruments. In addition, section 1 of the bill would conform the oath, affirmation, and acknowledgement statute at AS 09.63.010 to existing law. Section 5 of the bill would update a statute authorizing the Lieutenant Governor to collect fees for the issuance of certificates with the seal of the state affixed, increasing the fee to $5 per certificate. Section 14 of the bill provides applicability provisions. A more detailed description of the bill is found in a sectional analysis of the bill available from the office of the Lieutenant Governor. I urge your prompt and favorable action on this measure. Sincerely yours, /s/ Frank H. Murkowski Governor"