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The Colorado Commission on Uniform State Laws (CCUSL) is created in section 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.

In March 2016, the ULC released descriptions of 29 drafting and study committee  projects. ULC newly approved committees include the:
  • Drafting Committee to Revise UCC Articles 1, 3, and 9;
  • Study Committee on Event Data Recorders in Cars;
  • Study Committee on Identity Management in Electronic Commerce; and
  • Study Committee on Trust Management of Funds Raised through Public Fundraising.
Drafting committees expected to present drafts for final approval at the 2016 ULC Annual Meeting in July include the:
  • Drafting Committee on Employee and Student Online Privacy Protection Act;
  • Drafting Committee on Family Law Arbitration;
  • Drafting Committee on Unsworn Domestic Declarations;
  • Drafting Committee on A Wage Garnishment Act; and
  • Drafting Committee to Revise the Uniform Unclaimed Property Act.
Drafting committees expected to present first or revised drafts for consideration at the 2016 ULC Annual Meeting include subjects on criminal records, divided trusteeship, guardianship and protective proceedings, child custody and visitation, parentage, limited liability companies, virtual currency businesses, and veterans’ courts.

Here are links to ULC’s currently operating study committees and drafting committees.

Videos concerning the ULC are available here.

CCUSL Meetings and 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 2016:

Upcoming Committee Schedule

The next CCUSL meeting is scheduled for the ULC national conference in Stowe, VT, scheduled for July 7 through 14.

CCUSL's meeting notices and agendas are available here.

Subscribe to the CCUSL mailing list if you wish to receive an e-mail notification that the CCUSL has an upcoming meeting.

CCUSL Membership

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 2016 are Robert Gardner, Claire Levy, Anne McGihon, Brandon Shaffer, Senator Pat Steadman and Representative Yeulin Willett.

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 are lists of former and current members of CCUSL, organized chronologically and alphabetically.

CCUSL Annual Reports

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