Members of Administrative Codes and Registers (ACR), a section of the National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS), elected officers in July at the NASS/ACR summer conference held in San Juan, PR. The new officers are: Scott Cancelosi (AZ), president; Kerry Radcliff (WA), vice president; and Emily Caudill (KY), secretary/treasurer. The officers will serve a two-year term which expires in July 2014.
More information about ACR’s new officers can be found at http://www.nass.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=335%3Anews-release-acc-new-officers-2012&catid=964%3Auncategorized-news-releases&Itemid=428 .
Carolan Underwood passed away on August 28, 2012. Carolan served the ACR Executive Secretary (the office now known as ‘president’) from 1987 through 1990. Carolan worked for the Missouri Secretary of State’s Office as the Director of Administrative Rules for many years. The old-time ACR members will remember Carolan for her warm acceptance of everyone who joined the ACR ranks. Carolan spent countless hours working on our behalf to organize conferences, and present sessions.
An obituary for Carolan is available online at http://rollfuneralhome.com/obituaries/carolan-exon-underwood .
On July 6, 2012, the OFR Blog announced that Charles A. Barth has been named the new Director of the Federal Register. Mr. Barth replaces Ray Mosley who retired this past winter. See the OFR Blog for more information.
Administrative Codes and Registers (ACR) will hold its annual summer conference in conjunction with the National Association of Secretaries of State’s summer conference in San Juan, PR, July 14 through July 17, 2012. A tentative agenda for the conference is available online.
Members of ACR will be able to participate in a web broadcast of the conference. Information about registration has been distributed to ACR members through the ACR ListServ.
Administrative Codes and Registers will hold a virtual winter meeting Wednesday, February 22 through Friday, February 24. Sessions will begin at 11 AM EST each day. The agenda for the meeting is available online at http://www.nmcpr.state.nm.us/acr/2012ACRWinterMeetingAgenda.pdf. Instructions for participating in the meeting have been distributed through the ACR ListServ.
See Michael White’s post re: publication of ACUS’ recommendations at http://www.federalregister.gov/blog/2012/01/2273
Today, ACR President John Martinez announced through an e-mail that ACR will be conducting its 2012 Winter meeting as a virtual meeting. He said:
Due to low attendance numbers projected for the ACR Winter Meeting, it has been decided that we will not meet in DC but will hold a three-day conference online, similar to what we did last year. We are looking at holding the meeting during January and are still finalizing the exact dates.
Additional information will be posted on http://rulemaking.wordpress.com/ as it becomes available.
In an e-mail distributed October 10, 2011, the Uniform Law Commission (ULC) announced the availability of the final version of the Uniform Electronic Legal Materials Act (UELMA). The final version of UELMA is available online at the Penn Law website at: http://www.law.upenn.edu/bll/archives/ulc/apselm/UELMA_Final_2011.htm. It has not yet been posted on the ULC website.
Following ULC’s approval of UELMA at its summer meeting, it was sent to the style committee for final review. That process has now been completed.
The ULC e-mail describes the uniform act as follows:
The Uniform Electronic Legal Material Act establishes an outcomes-based, technology-neutral framework for providing online legal material with the same level of trustworthiness traditionally provided by publication in a law book. The Act requires that official electronic legal material be: (1) authenticated, by providing a method to determine that it is unaltered; (2) preserved, either in electronic or print form; and (3) accessible, for use by the public on a permanent basis.
Questions about the Uniform Electronic Legal Materials Act should be directed to the Uniform Law Commission.
At the October 3rd Code Commission meeting, Waldo Jaquith introduced members to his beta website “Virginia DeCoded: The State Code for Humans.” His goal is to make state codes user friendly and easy for the public to find information. In June, Waldo received a $165,000 grant from the Knight Foundation to expand his code project nationwide. See articles on the Virginia Lawyers Weekly and Virginia Public Radio websites for more information.