The next Colorado Commission on Uniform State Laws meeting will be at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, August 25, 2021, 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 three new drafting committee and two new study committees. The new committees are:
- Drafting Committee on Special Deposits;
- Drafting Committee on Tenancy in Common Ownership Default Rules;
- Drafting Committee on Health-Care Decisions Act;
- Study Committee on Use of Tenant Information in Rental Decisions; and
- Study Committee on Election Law.
This year the annual ULC national conference will take place in Madison, Wisconsin from July 9 to July 15, 2021. Uniform acts expected to be ready for final approval are:
- Cohabitants' Economic Remedies Act
- College Student Athlete Name, Image, and Likeness Act
- Revisions to the Common Interest Ownership Act and Uniform Condominium Act
- Community Property Disposition at Death Act
- Covenants Not to Compete Act
- Personal Data Protection Act
- 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. Uniform acts that became law in Colorado in 2021:
Uniform Acts Approved for Introduction in 2021:
- LLS 21-0194 Easement Relocation Act – Senate Bill 21-164
- LLS 21-0195 Electronic Wills Act – House Bill 21-1004
- LLS 21-0196 Recognition and Enforcement of Canadian Domestic-Violence Protection Orders Act – House Bill 21-1179
- LLS 21-0197 Automated Operation of Vehicles Act – not introduced
- LLS 21-0198 Collaborative Law Act – Senate Bill 21-143
- LLS 21-0200 Revised Athlete Agents Act (2015) and 2019 Amendments – not introduced
- LLS 21-0201 Uniform Trust Act, Part 5 – Senate Bill 21-162
- LLS 21-0202 Fiduciary Income and Principal Act – Senate Bill 21-171
Uniform Acts Remaining on the Commission's Agenda for Future Consideration
- Amendments to the Uniform Probate Code
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 2021-2022 are Ms. Claire Levy, Chair; Senator Robert Gardner, Vice Chair; Ms. Alicia Duran; Ms. Anne McGihon; Ms. Sara S. Scott; and Representative Kerry Tipper.
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.