|At least it took ten years to get this out of Committee, through the Legislature and onto the Governor's desk.|
My GUESS is that the Signing Services will seek out under informed notaries public to "get some documents signed" at low-ball fees. It's not like the Secretary of State is going to send a notice to over 50,000 notaries public in the state about this new law; it only effects a few who should have been watching what the Legislature and CT Bar Association were doing. And there's now a good State profit to be made in the fine, $5,000 fine and jail time (felony).
Side Note: Title Insurance Policies insuring Connecticut property have always been required to be signed by an attorney admitted to practice law in CT. Personal Opinion: My GUESS is this was also aimed at stopping any out-of-state title insurance companies that insured property on the "fringe"; i.e., had a CT lawyer signature but no feet-on-the-State-ground involvement.