Resolution Celebrating the Adoption of Michigan’s Uniform Electronic Legal Material Act

Approved at the Business Meeting, July 2019

WHEREAS, House Bill 4779 adopting the Uniform Electronic Legal Material Act (UELMA) was signed into law on December 28, 2018 and became effective the same day; and

WHEREAS, the American Association of Law Libraries believes that permanent public access to official, authentic legal information is critical to the legal system of the United States; and

WHEREAS, UELMA provides a technology-neutral, outcomes-based approach to ensuring that online state legal material designated as official will be authenticated, preserved, and made permanently available to the public in unaltered form; and

WHEREAS, UELMA promotes access to justice by ensuring access to trustworthy primary legal materials; and

WHEREAS, members of the American Association of Law Libraries and its chapters have advocated for UELMA’s adoption in Michigan and throughout the United States and its territories; and

WHEREAS, former Representative Robert Kosowski introduced UELMA in the 2015-2016 and 2017-2018 sessions; and

WHEREAS, former Representative Klint Kesto joined Representative Kosowski as a cosponsor in the 2017-2018 session; therefore, be it,

RESOLVED, that the American Association of Law Libraries hereby expresses sincere thanks and appreciation for the leadership and support from Representatives Robert Kosowski and Klint Kesto.