Chapter 449

2012 -- H 7531

Enacted 06/26/12





     Introduced By: Representatives San Bento, Petrarca, Nunes, Keable, and Gallison

     Date Introduced: February 15, 2012


It is enacted by the General Assembly as follows:


     SECTION 1. Section 42-30-5 of the General Laws in Chapter 42-30 entitled "Notaries

Public and Justices of the Peace" is hereby amended to read as follows:


     42-30-5. Application for appointment. -- (a) Any qualified elector of this state desiring

to be appointed a notary public, or a justice of the peace, shall make written application to the

governor over his or her own signature, stating that he or she is a qualified elector who is an

actual resident of the state of Rhode Island.

      (b) Qualification as an elector of the state at the time of making application is to be

certified to by a member of the board of canvassers and registration, in cities having such boards,

or by the city or town clerk of the city or town in which the applicant claims a right to vote, and

except for members of the bar of this state, the member of the board of canvassers and

registration or the city or town clerk shall satisfy himself or herself that the applicant for

appointment to the office of notary public or justice of the peace can speak, read, and write the

English language and has sufficient knowledge of the powers and duties pertaining to that office.

      (c) A member of the Rhode Island bar, and certified public accountants under section 5-

3.1-5, shall, regardless of residence, be appointed a notary public upon application and

presentment of a certified copy of his or her certificate of admission to the bar or certificate of

public accountancy.

      (d) Any such person making written application to be appointed a notary public or

justice of the peace shall, at the time of application, pay to the secretary of state the sum of eighty

dollars ($80.00).


     SECTION 2. This act shall take effect upon passage.