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New ULC Committees to be Appointed

(January 20, 2017) -

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Contact:  Katie Robinson, ULC Communications Officer, krobinson@uniformlaws.org  

NEW DRAFTING AND STUDY COMMITTEES TO BE APPOINTED

January 20, 2017 — At its recent 2017 Midyear Meeting, the Executive Committee of the Uniform Law Commission (ULC) authorized the appointment of four new drafting committees and three new study committees.

The new drafting committees are:

Drafting Committee on Electronic Wills
This committee will draft a uniform act or model law addressing the formation, validity and recognition of electronic wills.  The committee may seek expansion of its charge to address end-of-life planning documents such as advance medical directives or powers of attorney for health care of finance.

Joint Drafting Committee on Registration of Foreign Judgments to Harmonize the Law of Canada and the US
This committee will work joint with members appointed by the Uniform Law Conference of Canada to harmonize the law between Canada and U.S. jurisdictions regarding the registration of final and conclusive foreign money judgments originating in either country (enforceable in the jurisdiction of origin) where recognition is sought in a jurisdiction in the other country, which are not already excluded from the coverage of the Canadian Uniform Foreign Country Money Judgments Recognition Act or the Uniform Enforcement of Foreign Judgments Act.

Drafting Committee on Tort Law relating to Drones
This committee will draft a uniform act or model law addressing tort liability and defenses associated with the unique use of aerial drones.

Drafting Committee on Highly Automated Vehicles
This committee will draft the outline for a model law or uniform act addressing definitions and scope, and registration and titling of highly automated vehicles for consideration by the Executive Committee of the Uniform Law Commission in July 2017.  On the direction of the Executive Committee, the drafting committee may then draft a model law or uniform act governing these aspects of highly automated vehicles.

The new study committees are:

Study Committee on Right of Publicity
This committee will study the need for and feasibility of drafting a uniform act or model law addressing the right of publicity. 

Study Committee on Amendments to the Uniform Conservation Easement Act
This committee will study the need for and feasibility of drafting, and appropriate breadth and depth of potential amendments to the Uniform Conservation Easement Act in light of legislative, case law, and other legal developments since the UCEA’s adoption.

Study Committee on Economic Rights of Unmarried Cohabitants
This committee will study the need for and feasibility of drafting a uniform act or model law addressing the economic rights of unmarried cohabitants in the United States, both at divorce and upon death. 

Further information on the new drafting and study committees, as well as information on the Uniform Law Commission, can be found at the ULC’s website at www.uniformlaws.org.

Drafting committees, composed of commissioners, with participation from observers, advisors and reporter-drafters, meet throughout the year.  Tentative drafts are not submitted to the entire Commission until they have received extensive committee consideration.

Proposed acts are subjected to rigorous examination and debate before they become eligible for designation as ULC products.  The final decision on whether an act is ready for promulgation to the states is made near the close of an annual meeting, on a vote by states basis, with an affirmative vote of twenty or more states necessary for final approval.

The Uniform Law Commission, now in its 126th year, provides states with non-partisan, well-conceived and well-drafted legislation that brings clarity and stability to critical areas of state statutory law.  The organization comprises more than 300 lawyers, judges, and law professors, appointed by the states as well as the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, to research, draft and promote enactment of uniform state laws in areas of state law where uniformity is desirable and practical.  Since its inception in 1892, the group has promulgated more than 200 acts, among them such bulwarks of state statutory law as the Uniform Commercial Code, the Uniform Probate Code, and the Uniform Partnership Act.

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