(STATEHOUSE) Jan. 30, 2008 - A bill that sets new standards for recording documents and copies was unanimously passed Tuesday by the House of Representatives. House Bill 1111, authored by Rep. Ralph Foley (R- Martinsville), requires the county recorder to record a document or a copy of a document. The document must comply with other statutory recording requirements and produce a clear and unobstructed copy. The bill also provides that a recorded copy has the same effect as if the original document had been recorded.
The bill passed by a 93-0 vote and moves on to the Senate.
"It becomes problem when at times, original documents are missing and are unable to be reproduced," said Rep. Foley. "Sometimes, all the consumer has is a copy of the original document. This bill will require the recorders office to accept a copy for recordation. Indiana is a recording notice state, and when you record a document it gives public notice of the recorded instrument."
Rep. Foley encourages constituents to contact him with questions or concerns through e-mail at email@example.com, by calling the Statehouse toll-free at 1-800-382-9841 or by writing him at 200 W. Washington St, Indianapolis, IN 46204.