We had a great meeting of the State and Federal Relations and Liaison with Other Organizations Committees in Washington DC. Representative from our liaison organizations – including the National Conference of State Legislatures, the National Association of Attorneys General, the National Association of Secretaries of State, the National Center for State Courts, and the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts – attended. They informed us about their current work and reported that many states are considering legislation in the following areas: criminal justice reform; election issues; cyber-security and data breach security; patent laws; and civil justice reform. They also reminded us that we can learn more about state legislative concerns by checking their websites: www.ncsl.org . www.nass.org; www.csg.org; www.naag.org; and www.ncsc.org .
Chris Cushing and Jennifer Pharaoh, our representatives in Washington, reminded us that they are willing to arrange meetings between ULC Commissioners and Congressional representatives on matters of importance to the ULC. If you will be in DC for ULC or other business and could attend such a meeting without extra expense to the ULC, please let Katie Robinson in the ULC office know and she will check to see if you can be of help.
Martha Walters, Chair, Committee on State and Federal Relations