The Model Abandoned Property Act (MAPA) allows a creditor, governmental subdivision, or homeowner’s association to request a determination that a property is abandoned based on the existence of three or more specified conditions indicating abandonment. Each homeowner and obligor, if locatable, must receive a copy of the request. A determination of abandonment allows for an expedited foreclosure procedure, but also imposes a duty to maintain the property upon the creditor requesting foreclosure until title is transferred to a new owner.
The Uniform Adult Guardianship and Protective Proceedings Jurisdiction Act (UAGPPJA) addresses three interstate jurisdictional issues involving guardianships and conservatorships. First, the act provides a priority system for resolving multi-state jurisdictional conflicts. Second, the act provides a simplified transfer process when an adult subject to guardianship or conservatorship moves to a new state of residence. Lastly, the act allows a guardian or conservator to register out-of-state orders with a local court to lawfully exercise authority in the enacting state. For further information about enacting UAGPPJA please contact ULC Chief Counsel Benjamin Orzeske at 312-450-6621 or email@example.com.
This act enhances each state’s ability to detect and stop unlawful direct-to-consumer (DTC) shipments of alcoholic beverages to the state’s residents. Currently, 47 states permit DTC wine shipments by wineries, and approximately a dozen states permit DTC shipments of other alcoholic beverages. The act provides state regulators with new tools and better information to enable them to distinguish between licensed and unlicensed alcohol shipments and to stop businesses illegally shipping alcohol into the state without interfering with the operation of businesses complying with existing state law. For more information about enacting this uniform act, please contact Legislative Program Director Kaitlin Wolff at (312) 450-6615 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Uniform Anatomical Gift Act (UAGA) is an update of a 1987 uniform act addressing changes in federal law and regulation and related developments in the field of organ donation, thereby facilitating the availability of organs for transplantation. For more information about UAGA please contact ULC Legislative Counsel Lindsay Beaver at 312-450-6618 or email@example.com.
The Model Act to Provide for the Appointment of Commissioners, promulgated in 1944, provides states with statutory provisions for the appointment of Uniform Law Commissioners, and defines their responsibilities.
The Model Apportionment of Tort Responsibility Act (MATRA) sets out rules to allocate financial responsibility among multiple parties liable to others for negligent or willful misconduct. For more information about enacting this uniform act please contact Legislative Program Director Kaitlin Wolff at (312) 450-6615 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Revised Uniform Arbitration Act (RUAA) reflects developments in arbitration law from the last several decades. It is an update to the Uniform Arbitration Act of the 1950s. For further information about the RUAA, please contact Legislative Counsel Kari Bearman at 312-450-6617 or email@example.com.
The Model Asset-Preservation Orders Act (MAPOA) creates a uniform process for the issuance of asset-preservation orders, which preserve the assets of a defendant to prevent a party from dissipating assets prior to judgment. For further information about MAPOA, please contact Legislative Program Director Kaitlin Wolff at 312-450-6615 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Model Assignment of Rents Act (MARA) establishes a comprehensive statutory model for the creation, perfection, and enforcement of security interests in rents. For more information about enacting MARA, please contact ULC Chief Counsel Benjamin Orzeske at 312-450-6621 or email@example.com.
The Revised Uniform Athlete Agents Act (RUAAA) is an update of the Uniform Athlete Agents Act of 2000, which has been enacted in 42 states. The 2000 Act governs relations among student athletes, athlete agents, and educational institutions, protecting the interests of student athletes and academic institutions by regulating the activities of athlete agents. The Revised Act was promulgated in 2015 and makes numerous changes to the original act, including expanding the definition of “athlete agent” and “student athlete”; providing for reciprocal registration between states; adding new requirements to the signing of an agency contract; and expanding notification requirements. The RUAAA was amended in 2019 to allow student athletes more freedom and flexibility when choosing between entering a professional draft or continuing their collegiate education. For more information about the RUAAA, please contact ULC Legislative Counsel Libby Snyder at 312-450-6619 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Uniform Act to Secure the Attendance of Witnesses from Without a State in Criminal Proceedings was completed in 1936. The act provides states with statutory authority to secure the attendance of a witness from without the state in which the criminal proceeding or Grand Jury proceeding is pending.
The Model Audio-Visual Deposition Act (MAVDA) authorizes the use of audio-visual means for the recording of depositions. The recorded material becomes an official record of the deposition. The act can be adopted by legislation or by court rule.
The Uniform Automated Operation of Vehicles Act regulates important aspects of the operation of automated vehicles. This act covers the deployment of automated vehicles on roads held open to the public by reconciling automated driving with a typical state motor vehicle code. Many of the act’s sections – including definitions, driver licensing, vehicle registration, equipment, and rules of the road – correspond to, refer to, and can be incorporated into existing sections of a typical vehicle code. This act also introduces the concept of automated driving providers (ADPs) as a legal entity that must declare itself to the state and designate the automated vehicles for which it will act as the legal driver when the vehicle is in automated operation. The ADP might be an automated driving system developer, a vehicle manufacturer, a fleet operator, an insurer, or another kind of market participant that has yet to emerge. Only an automated vehicle that is associated with an ADP may be registered. In this way, the Automated Operation of Vehicles Act uses the motor vehicle registration framework that already exists in states – and that applies to both conventional and automated vehicles – to incentivize self-identification by ADPs. By harnessing an existing framework, the act also seeks to respect and empower state motor vehicle agencies.
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