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 126th Annual Meeting, this year held in San Diego, California, the ULC approved several new acts for adoption by the states:
- Directed Trust Act
- Protected Series Act
- Uniform Parentage Act (2017)
- Model Veterans Treatment Court Act
- Guardianship, Conservatorship, and Other Protective Arrangements Act
- Regulation of Virtual Currency Businesses Act
Other acts discussed were:
- Non-Parental Child Custody and Visitation Act
- Criminal Records Accuracy Act
- Fiduciary Principle and Income Act
- Amendments to Uniform Commercial Code Articles 1, 3, and 9
- Civil Remedies for Unauthorized Disclosure of Intimate Images 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. Two uniform acts became law in Colorado in 2017:
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.