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ULC to Appoint New Study Committee and New Drafting Committee

  • 1.  ULC to Appoint New Study Committee and New Drafting Committee

    Posted 12 days ago

    November 17, 2020 - The Executive Committee of the Uniform Law Commission (ULC) has recently authorized the appointment of one new drafting committee and one new study committee.

    The new drafting committee is:

    Drafting Committee on Telehealth.  This committee will draft a uniform or model act addressing a variety of legal issues related to telehealth services. Issues to be considered include the definition of telehealth, formation of the doctor-patient relationship via telehealth, creation of a registry for out-of-state physicians, insurance coverage and payment parity, and administrative barriers to entity formation. 

    The new study committee is:

    Study Committee on Recurring Service Charges.  This committee will study the need for and feasibility of a uniform or model act addressing issues related to recurring service charges in consumer transactions. In particular, the committee will consider whether a legal framework should be developed to address situations in which a consumer enters into a subscription or other agreement resulting in recurring charges but then finds it difficult or impossible to cancel the service (such as if the initial transaction is entered into online while cancellations can only occur through other means). The committee will consider possible legislative responses such as a recent California law requiring that any recurring services that can be subscribed to online must also permit online cancellation.

    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.

    Study Committees review an assigned area of law in light of defined criteria and recommend whether ULC should proceed with a draft on that subject. 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 129th 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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    Katie Robinson
    Legislative Program Director
    Chicago IL
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