Senate OKs Zorn bills to update register of deeds laws

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Sen. Dale Zorn

Sen. Dale Zorn

LANSING, Mich. — The Michigan Senate on Wednesday approved bipartisan legislation to modernize many of the state’s laws governing county registers of deeds, said Sen. Dale Zorn, who sponsored three bills in the package.

Registers of deeds are tasked with accepting and recording all legal documents and instruments pertaining to the transfer and encumbrance of real property located within each county. State laws provide direction for their actions and responsibilities as well as requirements for individuals looking to record documents.

“These reforms would update Michigan laws concerning county registers of deeds to reflect current practices and modern technology,” said Zorn, R-Ida. “Our goal is to enable the registers of deeds throughout our state to keep up to new technologies, eliminate errors, improve services to the public and better protect vital information.”

Senate Bills 731-740 would clarify and codify current register of deeds practices and the use of technology when recording documents.

The reforms include improving the use of electronic systems in the recording process, providing a uniform method for handling sensitive personal information and ensuring the accurate translation of property documents from across the world.

The bills have been sent to the House of Representatives for consideration.