January 2011

Issue No. 116

Katie Robinson, Editor

Uniform Law Commission
111 N. Wabash Ave, Suite 1010
Chicago, IL 60602
(312) 450-6600


Legislative Update

The 2011 legislative year is now underway, and at least half the states are now in session. Though still very early, we already have more than 100 introductions and two enactments. To date, Massachusetts has introduced 11 acts, the District of Columbia and Mississippi have each introduced eight acts, and North Dakota has introduced seven acts. The Uniform Adult Guardianship and Protective Proceedings Jurisdiction Act has been introduced in eight states to date.


Upcoming Meetings

  • January 28-30, 2011, San Antonio, Texas
    Drafting Committee on Harmonization of Business Entity Acts
  • February 3-6, 2011, Tucson, Arizona
    Committee on Style
  • February 4-6, 2011, Chicago, Illinois
    Drafting Committee on Protection of Charitable Assets Act
  • February 25-27, 2011, Chicago, Illinois
    Drafting Committee on Asset Freezing Orders
    Drafting Committee on Authentication and Preservation of State Electronic Legal
    Drafting Committee on Visitation and Custody Issues Affecting Military Personnel and
         Their Families


New Members

There are two new commissioners in California to report. Martin D. Carr is an attorney in Sacramento, and replaces Justin Houterman. John G. Cruz is an attorney in San Clemente, and replaces Bob Jameson.

In Kentucky, Gail Russell has been appointed commissioner. Ms. Russell is an attorney in Louisville, and replaces Bradford Cowgill, who resigned his commission.

New Committees

At its recent midyear meeting, the Executive Committee authorized the appointment of one new drafting and two new study committees. The new drafting committee is a Drafting Committee on a Powers of Appointment Act. The new study committees are the Study Committee on an Eyewitness Identification Procedures Act and the Study Committee on a Relocation of Easements Act. For information on these or any other drafting or study committees, please call the Chicago office.


Uniform Military and Overseas Voters Act

The Uniform Military and Overseas Voters Act (UMOVA) was recently endorsed by the Council of State Governments (CSG). The policy resolution adopted by CSG at its December 2010 annual meeting urges all states to adopt UMOVA. Similar policy positions in support of UMOVA had previously been adopted by the CSG Southern Legislative Conference, with 15 member states, as well as the CSG-West, with 13 member states.

The CSG also approved UMOVA as “Suggested State Legislation.” Suggested state legislation is a compilation of legislation from state statutes on topics of current interest and importance to the states.

To receive a copy of the approved policy positions, or to receive any additional information on UMOVA, please contact Katie Robinson (katie.robinson@uniformlaws.org) or Kieran Marion (kmarion@uniformlaws.org) in the Chicago office.