ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The Uniform Law Commission has powerful influence over the laws of the land, yet few people know about it. Established in 1892, all of its approximately 350 commissioners are lawyers who come from every state plus the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Every state and territory is a ULC signatory, but they are not obligated to accept the commission’s “best practices” work product.
ULC commissioners regularly debate legal issues, formulate new legal language and urge all states to accept the uniform set of laws they devise. There are more than 100 different committees within the commission tackling issues as diverse as real estate law and presidential electors to internet privacy and court-ordered guardianships.
It usually takes at least two years for a ULC committee to finish its work on an issue and present final language to the full commission for approval. Only then is the language transmitted to states for consideration.