Acts In Drafting

Uniform Law Commission (ULC) drafting committees consist of a chair, several ULC commissioners from various states, and a reporter (usually a law professor with expertise in the subject matter). Every ULC drafting committee is also assigned an ABA advisor, who represents the ABA as a whole, and frequently one or more ABA section advisors, who represent particular ABA entities. Other interested groups are also invited to send representatives, known as “observers.”   ULC drafting meetings are open to the public, everyone at a drafting meeting is encouraged to participate fully in the discussion, and all of our drafts are available on the ULC website. ULC drafting committees typically meet three times a year (two substantive drafting committee meetings and a presentation of the draft for line-by-line reading and debate at the ULC Annual Meeting) for at least two years.

Alternatives to Bail Committee  

The Alternatives to Bail Drafting Committee will draft state legislation addressing alternatives to bail in the criminal justice system. Money bail is one of the tools used by courts to ensure that a person accused of committing a crime will return to court for trial and is common in most places throughout the U.S. Among matters that have been suggested to the Drafting Committee to consider are: ...

 

Anti-Slapp Committee  

The Anti-SLAPP Drafting Committee will draft an Anti-SLAPP Act (the acronym SLAPP stands for “strategic lawsuits against public participation”). The drafting committee will address the breadth of the act; limitations, if any, to be imposed after a motion to strike is made; the standard of review relating to the motion to strike; appeal rights from the grant or denial of a motion to strike; and whether ...

 

Easement Relocation Committee  

This committee will draft a law addressing the circumstances and conditions under which a non-utility easement may be relocated.

 

Economic Rights of Unmarried Cohabitants Committee  

The Drafting Committee on Economic Rights of Unmarried Cohabitants will draft a uniform or model law to standardize the economic rights of unmarried cohabitants. The rate of nonmarital cohabitation within the U.S. is increasing, but there is no consistent legal doctrine among the states for division of jointly acquired property when cohabitants break up or when one cohabitant dies. Instead, courts ...

 

Electronic Registry for Residential Mortgage Notes Committee  

The Drafting Committee on Electronic Registry for Residential Mortgage Notes will, if necessary, develop a uniform electronic registry for residential mortgage notes that will be national in its effect, taking into account the appropriate relationship between the registry and other law. The development of securitization as a common practice with regard to residential mortgage notes has created the ...

 

Electronic Wills Committee  

The Drafting Committee on Electronic Wills will draft a uniform act or model law addressing the formation, validity and recognition of electronic wills, with appropriate technology-based safeguards to ensure the integrity of these documents for admission to probate.

 

Fundraising Through Public Appeals Committee  

Crowdfunding is the practice of raising funds via the internet, through web sites designed for that purpose. When the amount of funds raised is large, certain legal issues can arise involving the management and use of funds, particularly when the total funding exceeds the amount needed to accomplish the stated goal. The committee is drafting an act to address these issues.

 

Highly Automated Vehicles Committee  

The Drafting Committee on Highly Automated Vehicles is working on a uniform law covering the deployment of automated driving systems (SAE levels 3 through 5). The committee may address a number of legal and policy issues raised by automated driving, including driver licensing, vehicle registration, insurance, vehicle equipment, and rules of the road among others. The committee aims to reconcile automated ...

 

Registration of Canadian Money Judgments Committee  

This committee will work jointly 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 ...

 

Tort Law Relating to Drones Committee  

The Drafting Committee on Tort Law Relating to Drones is working on a uniform law addressing tort liability and defenses uniquely associated with the use of aerial drones. Issues under consideration include acquisition of private information of another by improper means, disclosure or use of private information obtained by improper means without consent, trespass by drone, nuisance by drone, self-help ...

 

Tribal Probate Code  

The Committee for a Tribal Probate Code is collaborating with representatives of Tribal governments and others from Indian Country to draft a Model Tribal Probate Code that would supplement the American Indian Probate Reform Act (AIPRA) so as to be consistent with AIPRA and also better fulfill the purposes of both AIPRA and the Indian Land Consolidation Act. The AIPRA provides very limited legislation ...

 

Unregulated Transfers of Adopted Children Committee  

This committee will draft uniform or model law addressing the transfer of adopted children, whether through use of a power of attorney or other mechanism or means.