by Grace Feldman
You probably have heard that UELMA was enacted in Pennsylvania this week! Comprehensive information about UELMA can be found on the AALL Government Relations website and some quick FAQs are addressed as well. From the AALL UELMA FAQ page:
- UELMA (the Uniform Electronic Legal Materials Act) is a uniform law that addresses many of the concerns posed by the publication of state primary legal material online.
- UELMA provides technology-neutral, outcomes-based approach to ensuring that online state legal material deemed official will be preserved and will be permanently available to the public in an unaltered form.
- UELMA requires that if legal material is published only in electronic form, it must be designated official. Electronic legal material that has been designated official must be :
- Capable of being authenticated;
- Preserved; and
- Permanently accessible to the public.
As of September 25, 2014, 12 states (including Oregon and California) have enacted UELMA. See more details here. AALL has also provided advocacy materials in favor of UELMA on their website. To read more about the significance of adopting UELMA, read Judy Janes’ Why States Should Adopt UELMA.