What is NCCUSL?

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NCCUSL is an acronym for the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws, which recently changed its name to Uniform Law Commission. The following information was adapted from NCCUSL’s website:

NCCUSL, now in its 120th year, comprises more than 350 practicing lawyers, governmental lawyers, judges, law professors and lawyer-legislators from every state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Uniform law commissioners are appointed by their states to draft and promote enactment of uniform laws that are designed to solve problems common to all the states.

Currently, Utah has 7 commissioners to NCCUSL: Lyle W. Hillyard, Reed L. Martineau, Michael J. Wilkins, Lori Fowlke, M. Gay Taylor-Jones, Rebecca Rockwell and Eric Weeks. Commissioners receive no salary or other compensation. NCCUSL is supported by state appropriations.

NCCUSL’s mission is to promote uniformity in state laws on all subjects where uniformity is deemed appropriate. NCCUSL’s uniform acts are draft bills, which are designed to be voluntarily enacted, essentially intact, by all states. In those instances where NCCUSL embarks upon a drafting process but the commissioners do not agree to promulgate the legislation, the draft is issued as a “model act,” which states may adopt in whole or in part. NCCUSL has no power to impose its uniform acts on any jurisdiction. 

Whenever a uniform bill is being considered or is adopted by a state, the name of the bill’s sponsor is listed with the bill on NCCUSL’s website to show the status of the bill.

As a Utah State Senator, Lyle W. Hillyard, who is a Utah lawyer from Logan, Utah, was the sponsor of SB 131 and the New Utah LLC Act in the 2011 Utah Legislature.