MLTA 2018 Legislative Update

Whoever said nothing happens in Annapolis during an election year certainly was not talking about 2018. With a near record number of bills introduced (3101 filed/889 passed both houses), the General Assembly was busy right up to SINE DIE. While we were unable to get anything passed on “Electronic/Remote Notarization”, the topic is now on…

MLTA Reports back from ALTA Advocacy Summit

On May 23rd, MLTA sent representatives Ruth Kohl, Mark Schweitzer, and Kathleen Herndon to the ALTA One Advocacy Summit in Washington, DC. Mark and Ruth were excited to hear from Rep. French Hill, Scott Jennings, Elizabeth Russo, Mike Allen, Andrew Olmem, Mick Mulvaney, Steve Day, and Michelle Korsmo in preparation for a busy and productive…

MIA Webinar: Prohibition of Rebates, Discounts, and Inducements in Title Insurance

On June 7, 2018, the Maryland Insurance Administration held a public webinar about the prohibition of rebates, discounts, and inducements in title insurance. For those who were unable to attend, you can view a written copy of the presentation online here. The webinar answered many questions, including: What is Rebating? Maryland’s Anti-Rebating Laws that pertain…

Mick Mulvaney- CFPB Interim Director-The Emperor with No Clothes?

Mark S. Lynch, Esq. It was only a couple of years ago that the daily topic of conversation among title professionals was TRID, threats of CFPB enforcement actions against the title industry and potential of stronger regulations through Dodd-Frank. While these regulatory frameworks are still in place, there is currently a noticeable lack of discussion…

HB 1093 Signing Ceremony

While working on proposed legislation to update Maryland’s notary laws and allow for remote notary, the MLTA’s Legislative Committee discovered a gap between the current e-recording practices in the Land Records and the lack of a clear statutory basis for e-recordings in Maryland.  Prior to the passage of HB1093 – the Maryland Uniform Real Property…

MLTA Legislative Committee

“SINE DIE” annually marks the end to Maryland’s legislative season and the organized activities of the MLTA’s Legislative Committee. While the Committee functions year round, its work schedule generally begins in September with monthly conference calls to prepare for the General Assembly’s next session. In January it moves to weekly calls to discuss pending legislation….

Lobby Day 2017, Annapolis

Lobby Day 2017 MLTA members gathered at the Maryland Inn in Annapolis on January 25, 2017 for the Fourth Annual MLTA Lobby Day. As in the past, the group was a mixture of first timers and seasoned veterans, who were grouped together by legislative district. Scheduled appointments were made for meetings with the members’ elected…