AK House Majority
The 26th Alaska State Legislature, 2009 - 2010  
Sponsor Statement: House Bill 102

Uniform Commercial Code/ Liens/ Contracts

Signed Into Law! Chapter 44 SLA 09
Sponsored by the House Labor & Commerce Committee
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Rep. Kurt Olson R-30
Ak Legislative Majority

Rep. Kurt Olson (R-30)
Chair, (H) L&C Com.
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Relating to the Uniform Commercial Code, to the general provisions of the Uniform Commercial Code, to documents of title under the Uniform Commercial Code, to the Uniform Electronic Transactions Act, to lease-purchases of personal property, to the contractual duty to act fairly and in good faith, and to carrier, warehouse, and livestock care liens; amending Rules 403 and 902, Alaska Rules of Evidence; and providing for an effective date.

Posted: March 16, 2009 : vCSHB 102 (JUD)
Bill Version: SCS CSHB 102(JUD)
Status: Chapter 44 SLA 09 : 2009-06-20

The Uniform Commercial Code is a uniform act created with the objective of synchronizing the law of sales and other commercial transactions in all fifty states. The UCC is a joint project of the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws (NCCUSL) and the American Law Institute (ALI). The UCC is not itself law, but provides recommendation of the laws that should be adopted by individual states. All fifty states have adopted the UCC in one version or another, and it is a major part of Title 45 of the Alaska Statutes.

The UCC was originally released in 1952; periodically, the NCCUSL and ALI revisit the UCC and make appropriate recommendations for revisions to states statutes. This bill reflects the recent revisions of Articles 1 and 7 of the UCC. The Alaska Uniform Law commissioners have recommended passage of these revisions this legislative session.

Article 1 provides definitions and general provisions for the UCC; the updates to Article 1 modernize and reflect changing business practices and developments in the law and are necessary to bring Article 1 up to date. Thirty-four other states have already adopted the revised Article 1 language.

Article 7 of the UCC pertains to warehouse receipts, bills of lading, and other documents of title. The revisions to Article 7 introduce new rules concerning electronic documents of title. The substantive revisions to Article 7 fall into four main categories: recognition of electronic documents of title; extension of the statute of fraud requirements to include electronic records and signatures as equivalent to paper documents and written manual signatures; establishment of the unique original in electronic form; and interchangeability between electronic and tangible documents of title. Thirty-one other states have already adopted the revised Article 7 language.

An expert from the NCCUSL will be available to testify and answer questions at the hearing, along with an Alaska Commissioner to the NCCUSL Terry Thurbon. Should you have questions before the hearing, please do not hesitate to call legislative aide Allison Laffen at 465-2840.

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