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Uniform Laws and Model Acts. Uniform Laws. The National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws drafts Uniform Laws and Model Acts. The goal is to promote uniformity in state law on subjects where uniformity is desirable and practical.

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Uniform laws and model acts

Uniform Lawsand Model Acts


Uniform laws
Uniform Laws

  • The National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws drafts Uniform Laws and Model Acts.

  • The goal is to promote uniformity in state law on subjects where uniformity is desirable and practical.

  • The National Conference designates as a “Uniform Law” any act that has a reasonable chance of enactment in a substantial number of states.


Uniform laws1
Uniform Laws

  • The National Conference has approved more than 200 acts and more than 100 have been adopted by at least one state.

  • Uniform Commercial Code has been enacted in every state.

  • Approved laws can be found in

    • separate pamphlets

    • the annual Handbook of the National Conference

    • Uniform Laws Annotated, Master Edition, with annual supplements

    • ULA database on Westlaw

      • Contains uniform laws and model acts

      • Search:ci(“uniform commercial code”)

      • Find command:ula ucc 2-201


Model acts
Model Acts

  • An act that does not have a reasonable chance of adoption by a substantial number of states is designated a “Model Act.”

  • The goal is to have some of the sections, but not all, adopted or modified by some of the states.

  • Both the National Commission and the American Law Institute draft Model Acts.

  • Model Business Corporation Act, Model Penal Code

  • Model Acts can be located in

    • Handbook of the National Conference

    • Directory of Uniform Acts and Codes

    • ULAdatabase on Westlaw


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