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Pa. problem over notary public commissions appears solved

August 03, 2000|By DON WORTHINGTON

Pa. problem over notary public commissions appears solved



A problem over the granting of notary public commissions in Pennsylvania and Maryland appears to be solved.

Sen. Terry Punt, R-Waynesboro, Pa., said the Pennsylvania General Assembly will consider a bill this fall that would allow Maryland residents to become Pennsylvania notaries.

Currently, Pennsylvania does not issue notary commissions to out-of-state residents.

The announcement came Thursday at the Quad-State Legislative Conference, a meeting of Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia legislators. The meeting was held at the Sheraton-Four Points Hotel in Hagerstown.

Susan Elson, chief legal officer of the Office of the Maryland Secretary of State, said the inability of Maryland residents to become Pennsylvania notaries is a problem her office encounters at least a dozen times a year.

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A notary public is someone who holds a state commission to certify certain documents. Real estate offices and law firms are among the businesses that use notaries.

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