SENATE JOINT RESOLUTION NO. 14
RELATING TO THE 100TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE NATIONAL CONFERENCE OF COMMISSIONERS ON UNIFORM STATE LAWS.
WHEREAS, the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws is celebrating its 100th Anniversary, and it is appropriate upon this auspicious occasion that the achievements of that organization are highlighted and that its role in creating uniformity of the laws of the states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands be applauded; and
WHEREAS, in 1881, the New York legislature authorized the Governor to appoint three commissioners to explore the most effective manner in which to effect uniformity of law to ease problems developing between increasingly interdependent states; and the American Bar Association endorsed New York's action with the result that the first meeting of the "Conference of State Boards of Commissioners on Promoting Uniformity of Law in the U.S." was held in Saratoga Springs, New York, on August 24, 1892, with commissioners attending from Delaware, Georgia, Massachusetts, Michigan, New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania; and
WHEREAS, the State of Delaware has been a member of the Conference for the 100 years since the Conference's inception; and
WHEREAS, by 1912, every state in the Union had appointed commissioners; and in 1915 the organization officially became the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws; and
WHEREAS, the Delaware Uniform Law Commission is an agency of this State; and
WHEREAS, the current Commissioners from Delaware are the Honorable Maurice A. Hartnett, III, the Honorable Battle R. Robinson, Ann E. Conaway Anker, W. Laird Stabler, III, and Thomas A. Shiels; and
WHEREAS, the State of Delaware has adopted over 55 Uniform and Model Acts promulgated by the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws, including the Commercial Code, the Anatomical Gift Act, the Child Custody Act, the Reciprocal Enforcement of Support Act, the Arbitration Act, the Controlled Substance Act and the Durable Power of Attorney Act; and
WHEREAS, at the present time, more than 300 practicing lawyers, judges, law professors and government officials serve as Uniform Law Commissioners; and these state-appointed commissioners, selected for their wide range of legal expertise and experience, provide an immeasurable resource for drafting uniform and model laws;
BE IT RESOLVED by the Senate and House of Representatives of the 136th General Assembly of the State of Delaware, with the approval of the Governor, that the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws is hereby commended as it celebrates its 100th Anniversary; and is hereby applauded as a genuine confederation of state interests, and also for the brilliant leadership which it has displayed in effecting uniformity of law, and in providing states with legislation adaptable to their particular needs and concerns; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the sincere appreciation of the Delaware General Assembly is hereby extended to the 36 Delawareans who have served as Commissioners throughout the past 100 years, and who have given unstintingly of their time and expertise as Commissioners.
Approved July 7, 1992.