New ULC Committees will be Appointed Soon

(January 25, 2018) -

Uniform Law Commission
111 N. Wabash Ave., Suite 1010, Chicago, IL  60602
312-450-6600, www.uniformlaws.org

Contact:  Katie Robinson, ULC Communications Officer, krobinson@uniformlaws.org


January 25, 2018 — At its recent 2018 Midyear Meeting, the Executive Committee of the Uniform Law Commission (ULC) authorized the appointment of two new drafting committees and one new study committee.

The new drafting committees are:

Drafting Committee on Alternatives to Bail.  This committee will draft a law addressing alternatives to bail in the criminal justice system. Money bail is one of the tools used by courts to ensure that a person accused of committing a crime will return to court for trial, and is common in most places throughout the United States.

Drafting Committee on Relocation of Non-Utility Easements.  This committee will draft a law addressing the circumstances and conditions under which a non-utility easement may be relocated.  Easement relocation is the issue of whether the owner of land subject to an easement (the “servient landowner”) may relocate the easement over the objection of the easement holder when that relocation would be beneficial to the servient estate and have little or no effect on the easement holder.

The new study committee is:

Study Committee on Unregulated Transfers of Adopted Children.  This committee will study the need for and feasibility of state legislation on unregulated transfer of custody of adopted children (both domestically and internationally), also known as “rehoming.”  Without specific regulations directed at this occurrence, a transfer of custody of an adopted child might go unnoticed within the child welfare system.

Further information on the new drafting and study committees, as well as information on the Uniform Law Commission, can be found at the ULC’s website at www.uniformlaws.org.

Drafting committees, composed of commissioners, with participation from observers, advisors and reporter-drafters, meet throughout the year.  Tentative drafts are not submitted to the entire Commission until they have received extensive committee consideration.

Proposed acts are subjected to rigorous examination and debate before they become eligible for designation as ULC products.  The final decision on whether an act is ready for promulgation to the states is made near the close of an annual meeting, on a vote by states basis, with an affirmative vote of twenty or more states necessary for final approval.

The Uniform Law Commission, now in its 127th year, provides states with non-partisan, well-conceived and well-drafted legislation that brings clarity and stability to critical areas of state statutory law.  The organization comprises more than 300 lawyers, judges, and law professors, appointed by the states as well as the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, to research, draft and promote enactment of uniform state laws in areas of state law where uniformity is desirable and practical.  Since its inception in 1892, the group has promulgated more than 200 acts, among them such bulwarks of state statutory law as the Uniform Commercial Code, the Uniform Probate Code, and the Uniform Partnership Act.