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A Brief Look at the Commission on Uniform State Laws

The Commission is housed in the Legislative Counsel Bureau

By Chris Micheli, June 17, 2019 3:05 am

The Uniform Law Commission (ULC, also called the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws – NCCUSL) is a non-profit, unincorporated association that was established in 1892 and which is charged with providing states with well-researched and drafted legislation to bring clarity and stability to critical areas of statutory law across jurisdictions. The NCCUSL promotes enactment of uniform acts in areas of state law where uniformity is desirable and practical.

The x (CCUSL) was created in 1897 to represent California on the national Uniform Law Commission. Since that time, California has enacted many uniform acts. Those uniform acts are listed below. In 2012, the commission was incorporated into the Office of Legislative Counsel.

The Commission on Uniform State Laws is housed in the Legislative Counsel Bureau. (Section 10270) The Commission consists of one Senator, one Assembly Member, six gubernatorial appointees, the Legislative Counsel, any person elected as life member of the National Conference of USL, and any person who has served as a commissioner for at least five years. (Section 10271)

The commissioners serve at the pleasure of their appointing authorities and must participate in the commission activities so long as they do not conflict with their legislative duties. (Section 10271) The commissioners must be State Bar members in good standing, or admitted to practice in another state, or be a judge in California. (Section 10272)

Each commissioner appointed by the Governor holds office for four years. (Section 10273) When a vacancy occurs, the Governor must appoint a person for the balance of the term. (Section 10274) All commissioners are eligible for reappointment. (Section 10275)

Commissioners do not receive compensation for services, but get paid $100 per day while on official commission business, as well as any actual expenses incurred, such as travel. (Section 10276)

Commissioners may participate in the work of the NCCUSL and the Legislative Counsel may cover the commission’s expenses. (Section 10277) The Commission meets at least once every two years in California and the commissioners must elect a member as the chairperson and one as the secretary, who will hold office for two years. (Section 10278)

Commissioners must attend the meetings of the NCCUSL. (Section 10279) It is the duty of the commissioners to promote uniformity in state laws on all subjects where uniformity is deemed to be desirable and practicable. (Section 10280) The commissioners must bring about as practicable the adoption of the different uniform acts recommended by the NCCUSL. It must also put together and recommend additional legislation deemed necessary to accomplish uniformity among the laws. (Section 10281)

The Commission is to report to the Legislature as the Commission deems desirable and practicable. (Section 10282)

                                                         Uniform, Model, and Other Acts
                                                    Promulgated by Uniform Law Commission
                                                                in Effect in California
(as of January 1, 2018)

 

Uniform, Model, or Other Act

Year

Citation

Adult Guardianship and Protective Proceedings Jurisdiction (2007)

2014

Prob. Code § 1980

Aircraft Financial Responsibility (1954)

1986

Pub. Util. Code § 24230

Anatomical Gift (2006)(2007)

2007

Health & Saf. Code § 7150

Arbitration (1956)

1961

Code Civ. Proc. § 1280

Blood Tests to Determine Paternity (1952)

1953

Fam. Code § 7550

Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement (1997)

1999

Fam. Code § 3400

Commercial Code

 

 

Art. 1: General Provisions (2001)

2006

Comm. Code § 1101

Art. 2: Sales (2003)

1963

Comm. Code § 2101

Art. 2A: Leases (1987) (1990)

1988

Comm. Code § 10101

Art. 3: Negotiable Instruments (1990)

1992

Comm. Code § 3101

Art. 4: Bank Deposits and Collections (1990)

1992

Comm. Code § 4101

Art. 4A: Funds Transfers (1989) (2012)

1990

Comm. Code § 11101

Art. 5: Letters of Credit (1995)

1996

Comm. Code § 5101

Art. 6: Bulk Sales (1989)

1990

Comm. Code § 6101

Art. 7: Documents of Title (2003)

2006

Comm. Code § 7101

Art. 8: Investment Securities (1977) (1994)

1996

Comm. Code § 8101

Art. 9: Secured Transactions (1972) (1999) (2010)

1999

Comm. Code § 9101

Controlled Substances (1970) (1974)

1972

Health & Saf. Code § 11000

Criminal Extradition (1936)

1937

Pen. Code § 1547

Determination of Death (1978) (1980)

1982

Health & Saf. Code § 7180

Division of Income for Tax Purposes (1957)(1966)

1966

Rev. & Tax. Code § 25120

Durable Power of Attorney (1979) (1987)

1981

Prob. Code § 4001

Electronic Legal Material (2011)

2012

Gov’t Code § 10290

Electronic Transactions (1999)

1999

Civ. Code § 1633.1

Facsimile Signatures of Public Officials (1958)

1958

Gov’t Code § 5500

Federal Lien Registration (1978) (1982)

1979

Code Civ. Proc. § 2100

Foreign-Country Money Judgments Recognition (2005)

2007

Code Civ. Proc. § 1713

Foreign Money Claims (1989)

1991

Code Civ. Proc. § 676

Health Care Decisions (1993)

1999

Prob. Code § 4670

International Wills (1977)

1979

Prob. Code § 6380

Interstate Arbitration of Death Taxes (1943)

1949

Rev. & Tax. Code § 13820

Interstate Compromise of Death Taxes (1943)

1949

Rev. & Tax. Code § 13801

Interstate Enforcement of Domestic Violence Protection Orders (2000) (2002)

2001

Fam. Code § 6400

Interstate Family Support (1996) (2001) (2015)

2002

Fam. Code § 5700.101

Limited Liability Company (Revised) (2006)

2012

Corp. Code § 17701.01

Limited Partnership (2001)

2006

Corp. Code § 15900

Military and Overseas Voters (2010)

2012

Elec. Code § 3100

Parentage (1973)

1975

Fam. Code § 7600

Partnership (1994) (1997)

1976

Corp. Code § 16100

Photographic Copies of Business and Public Records as Evidence (1949)

1951

Evid. Code § 1550

Premarital Agreement (1983)

1985

Fam. Code §1600

Principal and Income (1997) (2000) (2008)

1999

Prob. Code § 16320

Prudent Investor (1994)

1995

Prob. Code § 16045

Prudent Management of Institutional Funds (2006)

2008

Prob. Code § 18501

Recognition and Enforcement of Candian

Domestic Violence Protection Orders (2015)

2017

Fam. Code § 6450

Secure the Attendance of Witnesses from Without a State in Criminal Proceedings (1931) (1936)

1937

Pen. Code § 1334

Simultaneous Death (1940/1953) (1991/1993)

1945

Prob. Code § 220

Single Publication (1952)

1955

Civ. Code § 3425.1

Statutory Form Power of Attorney (1988)

1990

Prob. Code § 4400

Statutory Rule Against Perpetuities (1986) (1990)

1991

Prob. Code § 21200

Testamentary Additions to Trusts (1960/1961) (1991)

1965

Prob. Code § 6300

TOD Security Registration (1989) (1998)

1998

Prob. Code § 5500

Trade Secrets (1979) (1985)

1984

Civ. Code § 3426

Transfers to Minors (1983) (1986)

1984

Prob. Code § 3900

Vendor and Purchaser Risk (1935)

1947

Civ. Code § 1662

Voidable Transactions (1984) (2014)

1986

Civ. Code § 3439

    

Chris Micheli

Chris Micheli is a Principal with the Sacramento governmental relations firm of Aprea & Micheli, Inc. He is also an Adjunct Professor at McGeorge School of Law in its Capital Lawyering Program.
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