The Colorado Commission on Uniform State Laws (CCUSL) will be meeting at on Friday, January 11, 2019, to continue discussing uniform acts for introduction during the 2019 legislative session. The meeting is open to the public and will be at 1:00 p.m. in House Committee Room 0112 at the State Capitol. Click here for the meeting agenda.
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.
At its 127th Annual Meeting, this year held in Louisville, Kentucky, the ULC approved seven new acts for adoption by the states:
- Uniform Criminal Records Accuracy Act;
- Uniform Civil Remedies for Unauthorized Disclosure of Intimate Images Act;
- Uniform Fiduciary Income and Principal Act;
- 2018 Amendment to Revised Uniform Law on Notarial Acts;
- Uniform Nonparent Custody and Visitation Act;
- Uniform Supplemental Commercial Law for the Uniform Regulation of Virtual Currency Businesses Act; and
- Amendments to UCC Articles 1, 3, 8 and 9 (pending federal legislation).
Acts up for a preliminary reading at the conference are:
- Electronic Wills Act;
- Highly Automated Vehicles Act;
- Registration of Canadian Money Judgments Act; and
- Tort Law Relating to Drones Act.
The ULC has authorized several new drafting and study committees:
- Drafting Committee on Alternatives to Bail;
- Drafting Committee on Relocation of Non-Utility Easements;
- Drafting Committee on the Economic Rights of Unmarried Cohabitants;
- Drafting Committee on Unregulated Transfers of Adopted Children;
- Study committee to consider the need for and feasibility of revisions to the Uniform Common Interest Ownership Act;
- Study committee on Covenants not to Compete;
- Study committee on Online Privacy Protection; and
- Study committee on Direct to Consumer Sales of Wine, Beer and Distilled Spirits.
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. One uniform act became law in Colorado in 2018:
Proposed Legislative Agenda for the 2019 Legislative Session
- Uniform Voidable Transactions Act
- Revised Unclaimed Property Act
- Uniform Athlete Agents Act
- Uniform Regulation of Virtual Currencies Act
- Remote Notarization – Uniform Law
- Uniform Civil Remedies for Unauthorized Disclosure of Intimate Images
- Uniform Directed Trust Act
Other Uniform Acts on CCUSL Legislative Agenda for Future Consideration
- Criminal Records Accuracy Act
- Fiduciary Income and Principal Act
- Nonparent Custody and Visitation Act and the Uniform Parentage Act (2017)
- Guardianship, Conservatorship, and Other Protective Arrangements 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 2017-2018 are Senator Robert Gardner, Claire Levy, Anne McGihon, Brandon Shaffer, Pat Steadman, and Representative Cole Wist.
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.