The next Colorado Commission on Uniform State Laws will be at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, June 27, 2019, in House Committee Room 0112 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 one new drafting committee and three new study committees. The new committees are:
- Drafting Committee to Revise the Uniform Disposition of Community Property Rights at Death Act;
- Study Committee on Telehealth;
- Study Committee on the Disposition of Human Embryos and Gametes; and
- Study Committee on Jury Selection and Service.
This year the annual ULC national conference will take place in Anchorage, Alaska from July 12 to July 18, 2019. Uniform acts expected to be ready for final approval are:
- Amendments to the Uniform Probate Code
- Athlete Agents Act
- Electronic Wills Act
- Highly Automated Vehicles Act
- Registration of Canadian Money Judgments Act
- Tort Law Relating to Drones Act
Acts up for preliminary reading at the conference are:
- Alternatives to Bail Act
- Anti-Slapp Act
- Management of Funds Raised Through Crowdfunding Efforts
- Relocation of Non-utility Easements
- Unregulated Transfers of Adopted Children
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 Remaining On the Commission's Agenda For Future Consideration
- Fiduciary Income and Principal Act
- Nonparent Custody and Visitation Act and the Uniform Parentage Act (2017)
- Guardianship, Conservatorship, and Other Protective Arrangements Act
- Uniform Voidable Transactions Act
- Uniform Regulation of Virtual Currencies 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. Alicia Duran, Senator Robert Gardner, Ms. Claire Levy, 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.