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Senator Ward Presides Over Uniform Law Conference Session at The National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws

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Annual Conference Held in Nashville July 13 – 17; Senator Ward Pays His Own Way to Attend Out of State Conference

July 15, 2012 – Nashville, TN – The nation’s second oldest legal institution met this weekend in Nashville, TN, with the stated aim “to promote uniformity in the law among the several States on subjects as to which uniformity is desirable and practicable.” Senator Cam Ward (R-Alabaster) will preside over a session about implementing uniform regulations dealing with The Manufactured Housing Industry.

“I am honored to have the privilege to preside at The Uniform Law Conference,” Ward said. “This organization really does yeoman’s work in coming up with sensible legislation that can be implemented at the state level – allowing industries to have a uniform standard to conform to, and not have to implement tedious state-by-state regulations.”

The Manufactured Housing Industry is an area that is ripe for uniform legislation. They are often produced in one state, and transported to another – meaning that the industry will not have to run separate checks and balances should they be shipping one unit to Tennessee and another to Kentucky. When industries can be certain that they will not be subject to onerous legislation, they are better able to expand and thrive – creating jobs and opportunities for all Americans.

“That’s really what our job as legislators is all about right now – finding ways to help industries get back on track, and produce jobs for our constituents,” Ward said. “I know our friends in the Manufactured Housing Industry would be happy to only deal with one set of rules, and not have to hassle with 50 differing sets of legislation.”

Senator Ward has been a member of the Uniform Law Conference since 2005, but this is his first year presiding over one of the sessions. Ward also serves as President of the Alabama Law Institute and is Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee. He has stated publicly that he will be paying his own way to attend the conference, and not be seeking taxpayer reimbursement for this conference.

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The Uniform Law Conference was established in 1892, and has produced more than 300 uniform acts focusing on such areas as commercial law, family or domestic relations law, estates, probate and trusts, real estate, implementation of full faith and credit, interstate enforcement of judgments, and alternate dispute resolution.  Among the most widely adopted uniform acts are the Uniform Commercial Code, Uniform Anatomical Gift Act, Uniform Fraudulent Transfer Act, Uniform Interstate Family Support Act, Uniform Enforcement of Foreign Judgments Act, and the Uniform Transfers to Minors Act.

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