Notaries; if not accredited to represent persons in immigration proceedings, shall not offer advice. (HB492)

Introduced By

Del. Dave Albo (R-Springfield) with support from co-patron Del. Alfonso Lopez (D-Arlington)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Notaries; advertising; notice requirement. Prohibits a notary public from offering or providing legal advice to any person in immigration matters or representing any person in immigration proceedings unless such notary public is an attorney or a federally accredited representative. The bill requires notaries to include in any non-English advertising a statement that the notary is not licensed to practice law and has no authority to give advice on immigration or other legal matters and provides for civil penalties and revocation for failing to include the required statement in advertising. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/06/2014Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/14 14102653D
01/06/2014Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/09/2014Assigned Courts sub: Civil
01/20/2014Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s) (9-Y 0-N)
02/03/2014Committee substitute printed 14104581D-H1
02/03/2014Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (21-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
02/05/2014Read first time
02/06/2014Read second time
02/06/2014Committee substitute agreed to 14104581D-H1
02/06/2014Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB492H1
02/07/2014Read third time and passed House (97-Y 0-N)
02/07/2014VOTE: PASSAGE (97-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/10/2014Constitutional reading dispensed
02/10/2014Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/24/2014Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/24/2014Committee substitute printed 14105267D-S1
02/25/2014Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N)
02/26/2014Read third time
02/26/2014Reading of substitute waived
02/26/2014Committee substitute agreed to 14105267D-S1
02/26/2014Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute HB492S1
02/26/2014Passed Senate with substitute (39-Y 0-N)
02/26/2014Placed on Calendar
02/26/2014Senate substitute agreed to by House 14105267D-S1 (91-Y 0-N)
02/26/2014VOTE: ADOPTION (91-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/03/2014Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB492ER)
03/03/2014Signed by Speaker
03/06/2014Signed by President
04/06/2014Governor's recommendation received by House
04/06/2014Governor's substitute printed 14105537D-H2
04/22/2014Placed on Calendar
04/23/2014House concurred in Governor's recommendation (96-Y 1-N)
04/23/2014VOTE: ADOPTION (96-Y 1-N)
04/23/2014Senate concurred in Governor's recommendation (36-Y 2-N)
04/23/2014G Governor's recommendation adopted
04/23/2014Reenrolled bill text (HB492ER2)
04/23/2014Signed by Speaker as reenrolled
04/23/2014Signed by President as reenrolled
04/23/2014Enacted, Chapter 783 (effective 7/1/14)
04/23/2014G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0783)


This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 4 clips in all, totaling 4 minutes.