Notary Work Group Information

Purpose: The purpose of the Revised Uniform Law On Notarial Acts (RULONA) Workgroup is as a follow up to discussion from the Notary Workgroup. The purpose is to study, review, and make recommendations about the entire body of work and determine its applicability, if any, for the State of Maryland. 

Goals: To study and determine if the Revised Uniform Law On Notarial Acts (RULONA) should be considered for adoption, in part or in full, or rejected in the State of Maryland.

Monthly Meeting Schedule: 
  • Tuesday, March 12, 2019
  • Tuesday, April 9, 2019
  • Tuesday, May 14, 2019
  • Tuesday, June 11, 2019
  • Tuesday, July 9, 2019
  • Tuesday, August 13, 2019
  • Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Meetings of the RULONA Workgroup will be held in compliance with the Maryland Open Meetings Act, §§ 3-201 through 206 of the General Provisions Article of the Maryland Annotated Code. 

Objectives of the Notary Work Group: 
  • Perform a comprehensive review of the Revised Uniform Law On Notarial Acts (RULONA) and all other related laws and regulations to ensure protections for the public as well as notaries public;
  • Determine whether the recommendations of the Notary Workgroup should be considered and integrated into this body of work;

Participants: 

Invited members of the Work Group would include but not be limited to:
  • Maryland Circuit Court Clerks’ Association
  • Maryland Department of Information Technology
  • Maryland Mortgage Bankers and Brokers Association
  • Maryland Bankers Association
  • Maryland General Assembly
  • Maryland Office of the Attorney General
  • Other interested departments
  • Maryland Land Title Association
  • Maryland Association of Realtors
  • Maryland Real Estate Commission
  • Maryland State Bar Association
  • Maryland Automobile Dealers Association
  • Consumer/Notary
  • Guardianship Attorney
  • Elder Law Attorney
  • Disability Rights Attorney
  • Estate and Trust Attorney
  • Remote Notary Industry Vendors

Participants will not receive any special access or benefit in its dealings with the State as a result of their willingness to participate on the RULONA Workgroup. No compensation, reimbursement or other remuneration of any kind will be given to participants, or the organizations that participants’ represent, as a result of participation on the RULONA Workgroup.

Time Commitment: It is anticipated that participants will be expected to commit to provide 28-34 hours of work to accomplish the tasks associated with this work group over a period of 4-6 months.

Organization and Process: In-person kick-off meeting (2 hours) Monthly in person progress meetings – Reports on all action items, discussion, new business (2 hours)

Proposed Report: The Secretary of State’s Office intends to make publicly available a final report of the Revised Uniform Law On Notarial Acts (RULONA). Participants will be assigned sections of RULONA to evaluate and is expected to review the final draft before it is published by the Secretary of State’s Office.

Proposed Report Outline: 
  • Table of Contents
  • Participants
  • Executive Summary
  • Issues Identified
  • Research done to address issues
  • Proposed Recommendations of the Workgroup

The Secretary of State, or his designee, will chair the RULONA Workgroup and provide staff support for the RULONA Workgroup.

If you are not a member of the Notary Work Group but would like to attend and observe any of the Open Meetings, please contact Michael Schlein (see contact information below) by 11am on the day of the meeting that you would like to attend.


Revised Uniform Law On Notarial Acts (RULONA) Workgroup Roster

  1. The Honorable Michael Leahy, Secretary, Department of Information Technology (DoIT) 
    Lance Schine, Deputy Secretary of State, DoIT 
  2. Clerk Marilyn Bentley, Clerk of the Court, Baltimore City 
  3. Toby Musser, CEO, MNS Group
  4. Penny Reed, SVP Strategic Engagement and Financial Reform, Wells Fargo
  5. Denise Pope, VP Branch Administration, Tower Federal Credit Union 
  6. Shelly Gross-Wade, President & CEO, FSC First
  7. Kenneth Frederick Krach, Administrative V P and Senior Counsel, M &T Bank
  8. Senate: Cody Corcelius, Chief of Staff for Chairman Bobby Zirkin
  9. House: Delegate Richard W. Metzgar
  10. Lydia Williams, Program Manager, Guardianship, Legal Services and Elder Abuse Programs Department of Aging
  11. M. Clare Schuller, JD, Progressive Title Corporation 
  12. Jean Quattlebaum, Le Reve Real Estate
  13. John Nicholas (Nick) D'Ambrosia, Long and Foster, Chair: Maryland Real Estate Commission
  14. Michael Kasnic, Executive Director, Maryland Real Estate Commission
  15. Alexandria (Alex) Montanio, JD, Gordon Feinblatt
  16. Richard (Ricky) Adams, JD, Rosenberg Martin Greenberg, LLP
  17. Frieda M.A. McWilliams, Dir of Admin., MD Dept. of Labor, License and Regulation, Office of Financial Regulation
  18. Rodney (Rod) Ritter, General Manager, Fitzgerald Cadillac
  19. Katherine (Kathie) Connelly, Consumer, Notary Public
  20. William (Bill) A. O’Connell, First American Title Insurance Company

Vendors:

  1. Notarize: Michael Adam Chodos, General Counsel, Senior VP
  2. NotaryCam: C. Richard ‘Rick’ Triola, Founder, CEO
  3. World Wide Notary: Bob Rice, CEO
  4. First Class Signing Services: David Shean

Office of the Attorney General:

Josaphine Yuzuik

Office of the Secretary of State:

Marquita Lewis, Notary Officer and Notary Public
Michael Schlein, Co-Chair, Division Administrator, Charities & Legal Services Division
Kathleen M. Smith, Chair, Assistant Secretary of State

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