The Liaison Committee met Thursday August 11 at Alliance Title Parkcenter. Some of the issues discussed included:

1. Jim was unable to attend the meeting so there was no DOI update.
2. Dave Swartley made a presentation regarding proposed legislation for the 2017 session regarding an amendment to the definition of who can serve as a trustee. In short, Dave is proposing that an individual attorney be expanded to include a law practice as long as the person signing in that capacity for the law practice is an active member of the Idaho state bar and a shareholder, partner, member or employee of the law practice.
3. John summarized Martin’s legislative report. There was no activity on oil and gas lease issues. Martin is following up with the Association of Counties regarding the straggler Counties on e-recording. The Association of Counties seems receptive in trying to push the stragglers to e-recording. The affidavit for death certificate has been dropped by the Counties. While the issue seemed to have some merit, the Counties decided as a group not to pursue the matter at this time.
4. The flat recording fee issue is progressing. Ric is presenting at the Recorders’ meeting in Wallace on August 16. Our draft is modeled after the recently approved Arizona legislation.
5. The Secretary of State’s Office e-signature/e-notary legislation continues to move forward. Hilary and Bob attended the last meetings and have been reviewing the proposal in conjunction with RULONA. A couple of the major points of discussion are RULOPNA has a short form acknowledgment versus the Title 55, Chapter 7 section that provides a number of pick and choose samples. How to deal with the remote notary scenario is another point of discussion. A savings clause provision is being reviewed that would allow the document to provide notice in the event the acknowledgment is invalid. More meetings are scheduled.
6. As reported last month, the Rule 56 proposed amendments included a provision allowing employee discounts but the DOI will not address this as they appear to have taken a different position then their recent position of disallowing. The DOI now says this employee benefit is ok. The DOI will also not address the office location issue that was proposed as the DOI believes this issue can be addressed with some refinement regarding documentation of the arrangement. All other proposals were accepted by the DOI which included increasing the expenditure allowances; prohibiting trade association donations; addressing education programs; what can be given out free of charge in coordination with technology advancements; and, social media thank you’s. Attached is a copy of the proposed changes published by the DOI. As part of the negotiated rule making process a hearing is set for 2:00 August 17 at the DOI. If you have comments please submit those to Jim and/or attend the hearing.
7. Mark your calendar for the 2017 ed seminar that will be held at The Grove on a Monday – Tuesday format. The seminar will begin approximately 12-4:30 on Monday February 13. We are bringing back the legislative reception which will follow from 4:30-6. Tuesday February 14 will be 8-5.
8. The next meeting is at convention Friday September 9. The October meeting was scheduled for 10:00 Thursday October 20 at Alliance Title Parkcenter.
9. There is still time to register for the 2016 Pacific NW Convention hosted by Oregon in Sunriver September 9-11. The Registration form is attached. We will be fundraising for IPAC at convention – silent auction and raffle. We need your support with auction items whether you are attending convention or not. If you are not attending please provide your auction items to a Board member or someone who is going. Thank you for your support.
10. The next liaison and convention business meeting is Friday September 9 at 3:00 at the Sunriver Resort during convention.
An important segment of the Friday, September 9 ILTA Business Meeting is the election of officers to serve for the coming year. If you are not able to attend and wish to vote in the election, you may do so by email-in vote. The nominated candidate list follows. If you wish to write in a non-listed candidate in any of the officer slots, please type the name in the indicated area.

The nominated slate of officers:
President – JT Jacobsen, Coeur d’ Alene ______
Write In Candidate – (Name) ____________________________
VP Southeast – Daryl Olsen, Idaho Falls ______
Write In Candidate – (Name) ____________________________
VP Southwest – Cameron McFaddan, Boise ______
Write In Candidate – (Name) _____________________________
VP Panhandle – Heather Wichman, Coeur d’ Alene ______
Write In Candidate – (Name) _____________________________
Sec/Treasurer – John Holt, Eagle ______
Write In Candidate – (Name) _____________________________
Past President – Cindy Guanell, Boise _____________________

Please remember that votes are per business membership. If you vote by Email-in, please sign below (typed signature) to certify your authorization to vote for your office membership.

Signature ______________________________

Another option to voting is to fill in the ballot and sign certifying authorization and have someone hand deliver the ballot to the business meeting prior to 3:00pm on Friday, September 9, 2016.