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2020 House Bill 6296: Authorize electronic document recording during epidemic

Public Act 248 of 2020

Introduced by Rep. Sarah Lightner (R) on October 8, 2020
To permit and require county registers of deeds to accept electronic documents for recording for the period between April 29, 2020 and Jan. 1, 2021, for which they “need only act in substantial compliance” with an existing law that permits but does not require this under rules it specifies. The bill also specifies that these offices may “deem all financial institutions and all title insurance companies or their employed or contracted settlement agents as covered by an agreement establishing a verified transactional relationship” for purposes of accepting electronic documents for recording.   Official Text and Analysis.
Referred to the House Government Operations Committee on October 8, 2020
Reported in the House on October 13, 2020
With the recommendation that the substitute (H-2) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
Substitute offered by Rep. Sarah Lightner (R) on October 13, 2020
The substitute passed by voice vote in the House on October 13, 2020
To permit and require county registers of deeds to accept electronic documents for recording for the period between April 30, 2020 and Jan. 1, 2021, for which they “need only act in substantial compliance” with an existing law that permits but does not require this under rules it specifies. The bill also specifies that these offices may “deem all financial institutions and all title insurance companies or their employed or contracted settlement agents as covered by an agreement establishing a verified transactional relationship” for purposes of accepting electronic documents for recording.
Received in the Senate on October 21, 2020
Referred to the Senate on October 21, 2020
Signed by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on November 5, 2020

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