ARKANSAS

House Bill 1460 (Act No. 567) signed by the governor April 5 and effective 91 days after adjournment (projected as May 3) creates the Workplace Freedom Act to eliminate licensing requirements by cities, counties or other subdivisions that duplicate licensing by the state.

GEORGIA

House Bill 153 (Act No. 231) signed by the governor May 6 and effective July 1 requires any written solicitation for services related to corporate filings in the office of the Secretary of State to clearly identify it is not sent by the Secretary of State and violations of requirements shall be considered deceptive business practices.

Senate Bill 143 (Act No. 210) signed by the governor May 4 and effective July 1 amends existing law related to materialmen’s and mechanics liens and a form of affidavit of non-payment.

INDIANA

House Bill 1110 (Public Law No. 125-2021) signed by the governor April 27 and effective July 1 amended small claims court procedure to increase jurisdiction limits from $8,000 to $10,000. 

Senate Bill 28 (Public Law No. 66-2021) signed by the governor April 19 and effective July 1 relates to tax sales.

IOWA

House Bill 453 signed by the governor May 20 and effective July 1 amends the nonprofit corporation act to prohibit the imposition of certain requirements by state agencies or state officials.

KANSAS

House Bill 2074 signed by the governor April 21 and effective upon publication in the state register enacted the technology enabled fiduciary financial institutions act to amend the banking code.

House Bill 2298 signed by the governor April 9 and effective following publication in the statute book clarifies the requirements for service of process on nonresident drivers through the Secretary of State and clarifies that LLPs and other entities consent to service on the Secretary in the event the entity fails to maintain a resident agent or the resident agent cannot be located with reasonable diligence.

MARYLAND

House Bill 647 (Chapter 142) signed by the governor May 18 and effective July 1 repeals processing fees for documents filed to dissolve, cancel or terminate an entity.

MISSISSIPPI

Senate Bill 2204 signed by the governor March 17 and effective July 1 requires an email address for the registered agent under the Registered Agent Act and LLC Act.

MONTANA

House Bill 49 (Chapter 226) signed by the governor April 15 and effective July 1 relates to document recording fees in county clerks offices.

House Bill 63 signed by the governor May 12 and effective July 1 amends existing insurance laws related to tax clearance certificates and actuarial opinions on reserves.

NEBRASKA

Legislative Bill 910 signed by the governor August 6 and effective July 1, 2021 changed and restructured certain fees filing assessed by the Secretary of State to promote consistency and uniformity among business filing fees and incentivize online filing.

NEVADA

Assembly Bill 482 (Chapter 381) signed by the governor June 4 and effective July 1 requires the Secretary of State to suspend a state business license if the entity owes a debt to a state agency that has been assigned to the State Controller for collection and the entity has not: satisfied the debt; entered into an agreement for the payment of the debt; or (3) demonstrated to the State Controller that the debt is not valid.

Senate Bill 447 (Chapter 423) signed by the governor June 4 and effective July 1 makes the Consumer Affairs Unit permanent in the Department of Business and Industry to investigate deceptive trade practices.

NEW HAMPSHIRE

House Bill 312 (Chapter 51) signed by the governor May 25 and effective July 24 clarifies the home state licensing requirements for mortgage loan originators and provides that depository banks may elect benefit corporation status.

NEW MEXICO

Senate Bill 202 (Chapter 68) signed by the governor April 6 and effective July 1 provides for registration of alternate business entity names.

VERMONT

House Bill 289 signed by the governor June 8 and effective July 1 relates to professionals and occupations including private investigative and security services regulated by the Office of Professional Regulation within the Office of the Secretary of State.

VIRGINIA

House Bill 1882 (Chapter 13) signed by the governor February 25 and effective July 1 relates to the effect of an amendment to a loan document on a recorded deed of trust.

House Bill 2121 (Act 487) signed by the governor March 31 and effective July 1 aligns provisions governing filings by nonstock corporations, limited liability companies, business trusts, and partnerships related to cancellations, abandonments, name restrictions, registered agent resignations, and entity conversions to the provisions governing such filings for stock corporations and amends the Stock Corporations Act to authorize remote meetings and communications during emergencies.

House Bill 2249 (Act 427) signed by the governor March 30 and effective July 1 amends the Residential Landlord-Tenant Act to among other things require nonresident property owners to file the name and office address of a resident agent in office of the clerk of the State Corporation Commission.

Senate Bill 1255 (Chapter 297) signed by the governor March 18 and effective July 1 authorizes the State Corporation Commission to temporarily suspend, authorize extensions of time, or waive requirements for the issuance or renewal of insurance licenses or registrations in the event of an emergency. 

WASHINGTON

Senate Bill 5005 (Chapter 84) signed by the governor April 16 and effective July 25 amends the Business Corporations Act regarding electronic communications with shareholders and directors.

WYOMING

House Bill 27 signed by the governor February 9 and effective July 1 establishes a reinstatement process for foreign corporations within 2 years after revocation; requires a business entity and registered agent to maintain an email address with the Secretary of State to receive service of process; and provides for the Secretary of State to return within 15 days a record delivered for filing with an explanation for the refusal to file the record.

Senate Bill 38 (Chapter 162) signed by the governor April 21 and effective July 1 provides for the formation and management of decentralized autonomous organizations with wording or an abbreviation to note their status “DAO, “”LAO”, or “DAO LLC”.

WEST VIRGINIA

Senate Bill 472 signed by the governor April 19 and effective July 4 updates criteria for regulating certain occupations and professions.

Senate Bill 518 signed by the governor April 15 and effective July 4 amends and restates the ground for administrative dissolution and cancellation of corporations, limited liability companies and limited partnerships and provides for an application for reinstatement within two years.

Legislation Effective July 1, 2021