As a Texas lawyer with an active real estate practice, I daily encounter deeds, powers of attorney and other documents that are notarized. I have also handled several real estate lawsuits where it is alleged that conveyance instruments are improperly notarized, or are outright forgeries.
(c) The applicant shall provide satisfactory proof to the secretary of state that the applicant has completed a course of study of not less that three hours on notary laws, procedures, and ethics.
What we do not want to happen is that notaries in rural Texas will be required to drive to a larger city to sit in a classroom for a course of study that costs them $100-$200. If education laws are passed, we want them to be the right ones! We want the requirements to include courses that are affordable and accessible for all Texas notaries.
It will be interesting to track the outcome of these bills, and the position of the various interests weighing-in on them.