Koch reappointed to uniform law commission

State District 44 Sen. Eric Koch, R-Bedford, recently was reappointed as a commissioner to the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws by Senate President Pro Tempore Rodric Bray, R-Martinsville.

The commission provides states with nonpartisan, well-conceived and well-drafted legislation that brings clarity and stability to critical areas of state statutory law, according to a news release from Koch’s office.

Commissioners must be members of the bar and typically serve in their communities as state legislators, practitioners, judges and law professors. They serve for specific terms and receive no salaries or fees for their work with the ULC. Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, the ULC is comprised of more than 300 lawyers, judges and law professors.

The commission:

-Strengthens the federal system by providing rules and procedures that are consistent from state to state but also reflect the diverse experience of the states

-Represents all state experiences by having representatives from each state

-Keeps state law up to date by addressing important and timely legal issues

-Reduces the need for individuals and businesses to deal with different laws as they move and conduct business in different states

-Facilitates economic development and provides a legal platform for foreign entities to deal with U.S. citizens and businesses

-Draws on the expertise of commissioners but also utilizes input from legal experts, advisers and observers representing the views of other legal organizations or interests that will be subject to the proposed laws

-Represents true value for the states, as it is a state-supported organization, providing services that most states could not otherwise afford or duplicate

Commissioners participate in drafting specific acts; discuss, consider and amend drafts of other commissioners; decide whether to recommend an act as a uniform or a model act; and work toward enactment of ULC legislation in their home jurisdictions. ULC commissioners donate thousands of hours of their time and legal and drafting expertise every year as a public service.

Koch also serves as ranking member of the Senate Committee on Judiciary and is an attorney with Koch Law Firm P.C. He also serves on the Senate committees on Commerce and Technology, Utilities and Corrections and Criminal Law.

He may be reached via email at [email protected] or at 800-382-9467. District 44 includes Brown, Jackson, Lawrence and Orange counties and portions of Monroe County.