Liza Karsai, Executive Director
Garland Building, Suite 1010
111 North Wabash Ave., Chicago, IL 60602
(312) 450-6600; fax: (312) 450-6601
The National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws was created by interstate compact in 1892. By 1912, every state had appointed uniform law commissioners.The Conference promotes uniform legislation designed to solve problems common to all states. Commissioners representing state government and the legal profession draft proposals, then work for their adoption by the states. When uniformity is neither practical nor necessary, the Conference also designs model acts to provide states with a concisely structured legislative framework adaptable to particular needs and problems.
The major portion of financial support for the Conference comes from state appropriations assessed on the basis of population.
Appointed by Governor to 4-year terms: K. King Burnett, Esq., 2007; Steven N. Leitess, Esq., 2019; Anthony C. Wisniewski, Esq., 2023.
Life members: M. Michael Cramer, Esq.
The General Assembly, in 1896, established the Commissioners for the Promotion of Uniformity of Legislation in the United States (Chapter 264, Acts of 1896). In 1984, the Commissioners were renamed the State Commission on Uniform State Laws (Code State Government Article, secs. 9-201 through 9-206).
Every four years, the Governor appoints three Commissioners who represent Maryland in the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws. The Commissioners serve on committees that draft laws for submission to state legislatures and recommend measures to promote uniform laws. Former State Commission members elected to life membership by the National Conference continue as members of the State Commission.
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