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 2017 midyear meeting, the ULC authorized four new drafting committees and three new study committees. The new drafting committees are:
- Drafting Committee on Electronic Wills;
- Joint Drafting Committee on Registration of Foreign Judgments to Harmonize the Law of Canada and the U.S.;
- Drafting Committee on Tort Law Relating to Drones; and
- Drafting Committee on Highly Automated Vehicles.
The new study committees are:
- Study Committee on Right of Privacy;
- Study Committee on Amendments to the Uniform Conservation Easement Act; and
- Study Committee on Economic Rights of Unmarried Cohabitants.
At the July 2017 ULC national conference meeting in San Diego, the acts expected to be presented for final approval are:
- Divided Trusteeship Act
- Criminal Records Accuracy Act
- Limited Liability Company Protected Series Act
- Amendments to the Uniform Parentage Act
- Veterans Court Act
- Guardianship Conservatorship and Other Protective Arrangements
- Virtual Currency Businesses Act, Regulation of
Acts up for nonfinal reading at the conference are:
- Non-Parental Rights to Child Custody and Visitation Act
- Revised Principle and Income Act
- Revised UCC Articles 1, 3 and 9
- Unauthorized Disclosure of Intimate Images
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.