MBA State Relations Committee Update State Highlights

Advocacy News and Information From the Latest Issue of the MBA State Relations Committee Update

Momentum for Remote Online Notarization Continues into 2019
Last year, six states introduced and enacted remote online notarization (RON) legislation, which allows a notarial act to be completed when a principal is not in the same physical location as the notary public. This brings the total of states that enable the use of RON to 10 (NJ, UT, ND, ID, SC, WI, MO, AK, NE, AZ). Continuing the trend into 2019, an additional 10 states have either introduced or drafted bills that would enable the use of RON. MBA will continue to work with state associations and the American Land Title Association (ALTA) to advocate for the introduction and enactment of RON legislation. The MBA model bill and additional resources can be found on MBA's Remote Online Notarization Resource Center.  

Ohio Enacts Remote Online Notarization Legislation; New Law Follows Contours of MBA-ALTA Model
Ohio enacted legislation (SB 263) that allows the state to join Michigan, Minnesota, Tennessee, Indiana, Virginia, Montana, Texas, Nevada, and Vermont in permitting remote online notarization (RON). Ohio is the sixth state in 2018 to enact RON legislation thanks to the leadership of the Ohio MBA. The language of the Ohio law closely follows the contours of the MBA-ALTA model bill, which can be found on the MBA Remote Online Notarization Resource Center

MBA Launches Webpage Discussing Reducing Constraints on Housing Supply
Working with industry stakeholders and three volunteer associations, MBA has developed a webpage designed to speak to the challenge of addressing constraints on housing supply. The MBA Reducing Constraints on Housing Supply website ( consists of three basic components on this issue: recent data/research; important news items and other timely public information; and brief case studies provided by our state and local partners discussing their attempts to engage with policy makers, community leaders, industry partners and others.

Many thanks to the Massachusetts Mortgage Bankers Association, Mortgage Bankers and Brokers Association of New Hampshire and the Washington Mortgage Bankers Association for their case studies as part of this initial rollout.

If you are interested in contributing a case study highlighting the work you are doing in your community, please contact Krystal Thomas (, 202 557 2726).