The next Colorado Commission on Uniform State Laws meeting will be at 9:00 a.m. on Monday, December 9, 2019, in Senate Committee Room 357 at the State Capitol. If you would like to receive notification of upcoming meetings please subscribe to the CCUSL Mailing List or watch for meeting information on General Assembly’s schedule page.
About the CCUSL and ULC
The Colorado Commission on Uniform State Laws (CCUSL) is created in § 2-3-601, C.R.S., and is charged with working with the Uniform Law Commission (ULC) to promote uniformity in state laws where uniformity may be deemed desirable and practicable. This is achieved by developing proposed uniform legislation through the ULC that can be adopted by the various state legislatures.
Uniform laws are developed after formation of a study committee and, if the results of the study are positive, a drafting committee. Draft acts are submitted to ULC at its annual meeting. Each act must be considered section by section at no less than two annual meetings by all commissioners sitting as a Committee of the Whole.
Earlier this year, the ULC authorized three new drafting committees and four new study committees. The new committees are:
- Drafting Committee on Revisions to the Uniform Common Interest Ownership Act and Uniform Condominium Act
- Drafting Committee on Collection and Use of Personally Identifiable Data
- Drafting Committee on Registration and Licensing of the Direct Sale of Wine to Consumers and the Prevention of Illegal Sales
- Study Committee on Third-Party Funding of Litigation
- Study Committee on Fines and Fees
- Study Committee on Special Deposits
- Study Committee on Debt Collection Default Judgments
At its 128th Annual Meeting, this year held in Anchorage, Alaska, the ULC approved five new acts for adoption by the states:
- Uniform Automated Operation of Vehicles Act;
- Uniform Electronic Wills Act;
- Uniform Registration of Canadian Money Judgments Act;
- Amendment to the Uniform Athlete Agents Act; and
- Amendments to the Uniform Probate Code.
Other drafts debated at the meeting included the:
- Alternatives to Bail Act;
- Easement Relocation Act;
- Fundraising through Public Appeals Act;
- Public Participation Protection Act;
- Tort Law Relating to Drones Act; and
- Unregulated Transfers of Adopted Children Act.
Videos concerning the ULC are available here.
Uniform Laws Adopted in Colorado
Under Joint Rule 24 (b)(1)(D), CCUSL may recommend bills for introduction during a legislative session of the Colorado General Assembly. CCUSL meets at the annual summer ULC conference to adopt a preliminary legislative agenda for the upcoming regular session. It then typically meets at least once prior to the next regular session to finalize the agenda.
Uniform acts adopted by the Colorado General Assembly are available here. Three uniform acts became law in Colorado in 2019:
Uniform Acts under consideration for introduction in 2020:
- Criminal Records Accuracy Act
- Registration of Canadian Money Judgments Act
- Revised Limited Liability Company Act
- Revised Limited Partnership Act
- Partition of Heirs Property Act
- Parentage Act
- Amendments to the Uniform Probate Code
- Automated Operation of Vehicles Act
- Revised Athlete Agents Act (2015) and 2019 Amendments
- Fiduciary Income and Principal Act
- Collaborative Law Act
- Part 5 of the Colorado Uniform Trust Act
Colorado's commissioners are required to be attorneys admitted to practice law in Colorado. Six members are appointed or reappointed by joint resolution of the General Assembly and serve terms of two years. Serving as commissioners for 2019-2020 are Ms. Claire Levy, Chair; Senator Robert Gardner, Vice Chair; Ms. Alicia Duran; Ms. Sara S. Scott; Representative Kerry Tipper; and Mr. Joseph R. Whitfield.
In addition, any Colorado citizen who is elected as a life member of the ULC (after twenty years of membership) is a member of the Colorado Commission. The currently active life members are Thomas Grimshaw, Donald Mielke, and Charles Pike.
The Director of the Office of Legislative Legal Services, or the Director's designee, has the same status as appointed members of the commission and also serves as the ex officio secretary of the Colorado Commission. Thomas Morris was appointed as the Director's designee to the Commission on March 2, 2011. The Office of Legislative Legal Services also provides assistance to the legislative members of the Colorado Commission in their efforts to enact legislation regarding uniform acts. The Committee on Legal Services is statutorily charged with filling vacancies on the Colorado Commission.
Here is a list of former and current members of CCUSL organized chronologically and alphabetically.