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New Drafting and Study Committees

  • 1.  New Drafting and Study Committees

    Posted 02-07-2019 03:49 PM

    Feb. 4, 2019 - At its recent 2019 Midyear Meeting, the Executive Committee of the Uniform Law Commission (ULC) authorized the appointment of one new drafting committee and three new study committees.

    The new drafting committee is:

    Drafting Committee to Revise the Uniform Disposition of Community Property Rights at Death Act.  This drafting committee will revise the Uniform Disposition of Community Property Rights at Death Act, originally promulgated in 1971 and adopted in 16 states.  The act provides rules for disposing of a decedent's property, originally acquired as community property, when the decedent's estate is probated in a non-community property state.  This act is intended to be enacted only in non-community property states.  The Joint Editorial Board for Uniform Trust and Estate Acts recommended updating the act to address recent legal developments. 

    The new study committees are:

    Study Committee on Telehealth.  This committee will study the need for and feasibility of state legislation on telehealth, focusing on the doctor-patient relationship through telemedicine, the corporate practice of telemedicine, and broader emerging issues of telehealth including the use of mobile devices and artificial intelligence. 

    Study Committee on the Disposition of Human Embryos and Gametes.  This committee will study the need for and feasibility of state legislation governing the disposition of human embryos and gametes at divorce, separation, or death.  

    Study Committee on Jury Selection and Service.  This committee will study the need for and feasibility of updating the Uniform Jury Selection and Service Act, originally promulgated in 1970 and adopted in eight states.

    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 128th 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. 


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

    Uniform Law Commission / 111 N. Wabash Ave., Suite 1010, Chicago, IL  60602 / 312-450-6600, www.uniformlaws.org



    Katie Robinson
    Legislative Program Director
    Chicago IL