• "Just the enactment of the act itself, which authorizes the recording be digital is one thing, but we still need to make a few other changes," explained James Bush, a member of the Arizona Uniform State Laws Commission. "The act in Arizona, as it was passed, provides for creation of a commission of people appointed by the governor -- a representative of the state bar association, title companies, lenders and so forth -- to look at Arizona statutes and see what other changes need to be made to accommodate the move to electronic recording of real-estate transactions."

    This commission has one year to come forward with proposals for those other changes. Though the Uniform Electronic Recording Act has been passed in Arizona, it takes effect one year from now, according to Bush.

    One reason Arizona acted so quickly to implement URPERA is that Maricopa County, the largest in the state, is growing tremendously.

    "We had Helen Purcell, Maricopa County recorder, on the advisory committee of the NCCUSL, and she was very supportive of getting this through," said Bush. "Her office has processed over 1 million documents each year since 2001 and reached 1,700,000 in 2003. You can imagine the problems of trying to keep up with this the old-fashioned way."

    Blake Harris  |  Contributing Writer