Rep. Foley advocates for more uniform legislation in Indiana
STATEHOUSE - Rep. Ralph M. Foley (R-Martinsville) attended the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws (ULC) in Colorado last week, a commission that has been meeting since 1892.
The ULC provides states, including the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, with non-partisan legislation to bring greater clarity and stability to important areas of state statutory law. The work facilitates the movement of individuals, businesses and organizations with rules that are consistent from state to state.
"This commission is important to stay up-to-date on critical legal issues in addition to making sure that legislators are addressing these issues in a timely manner," said Rep. Foley.
All of the ULC members must be lawyers, qualified to practice law. Those included are lawyers, legislators, private practice attorneys, judges, law professors and legislative staff. State governments appoint these members to research, draft and promote enactment of uniform state laws in areas where uniformity is sensible and necessary.
The annual conference was conducted July 7-13 this year. The Indiana commissioners who attended included William W. Barrett of Greenwood; James Bopp Jr. of Terre Haute; Donald K. Densborn of Indianapolis; Rep. Ralph M. Foley; Hon. John L. Kellam of New Castle; Professor H. Kathleen Patchel of Indianapolis; Martha Starkey of Indianapolis; and John J. Stieff the Director of Code Revision for the Indiana General Assembly.
Reviewing the 2011 session, the Indiana General Assembly passed several uniform laws signed by the governor. Those measures included the Uniform Adult Guardianship and Protective Proceedings Jurisdiction Act (HEA 1055), Uniform Foreign Country Money Judgment Recognition Act (HEA 1548) and Uniform Commercial Code Article 9, Secured Transactions Amendments (HEA 1321).
The Uniform Interstate Family Support Act Amendment is planned to be introduced. In addition, other acts to be considered include the Military and Overseas Voters Act, the Uniform Faithful Presidential Electors Act, the Uniform Limited Liability Company Act and the Uniform Revised Limited Partnership Act.
"Many uniform rules are highly desired because the interaction between commerce and people in our nation continues to grow and develop," said Rep. Foley. "Each state still exercises its discretion in pursuing such laws as Indiana continues to address uniform issues in a positive manner."