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  H.B. No. 2235
 
 
 
 
AN ACT
  relating to the eligibility requirements of a notary public.
         BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
         SECTION 1.  Section 406.004, Government Code, is amended to
  read as follows:
         Sec. 406.004.  ELIGIBILITY. (a)  Each person appointed and
  commissioned as a notary public shall be at least 18 years of age
  and a resident of the State of Texas and must not have been
  convicted of a felony or crime involving moral turpitude.
         (b)  If the secretary of state discovers, at any time, that
  an applicant to be a notary public or a commissioned notary public
  is not eligible to serve as a notary public, the secretary of state
  shall:
               (1)  reject the notary application; or
               (2)  revoke the notary commission.
         SECTION 2.  Section 406.009(d), Government Code, is amended
  to read as follows:
         (d)  In this section, "good cause" includes:
               (1)  [a final conviction for a crime involving moral
  turpitude;
               [(2)]  a false statement knowingly made in an
  application;
               (2) [(3)]  the failure to comply with Section 406.017;
               (3) [(4)]  a final conviction for a violation of a law
  concerning the regulation of the conduct of notaries public in this
  or another state;
               (4) [(5)]  the imposition on the notary public of an
  administrative, criminal, or civil penalty for a violation of a law
  or rule prescribing the duties of a notary public; or
               (5) [(6)]  performing any notarization when the person
  for whom the notarization is performed did not personally appear
  before the notary at the time the notarization is executed.
         SECTION 3.  This Act takes effect September 1, 2015.
 
 
  ______________________________ ______________________________
     President of the Senate Speaker of the House     
 
 
         I certify that H.B. No. 2235 was passed by the House on May
  15, 2015, by the following vote:  Yeas 139, Nays 0, 2 present, not
  voting.
 
  ______________________________
  Chief Clerk of the House   
 
 
         I certify that H.B. No. 2235 was passed by the Senate on May
  25, 2015, by the following vote:  Yeas 31, Nays 0.
 
  ______________________________
  Secretary of the Senate    
  APPROVED:  _____________________
                     Date          
   
            _____________________
                   Governor