JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Governor Michael L. Parson has appointed State Representative Dean Plocher 89th District (R – St. Louis) to serve on the Uniform Law Commission (ULC), a national, non-partisan commission focused on studying and reviewing state laws to bring clarity and stability to critical areas of state statutory law. Rep. Plocher is one of five uniform law commissioners representing Missouri.
“I am honored to be appointed by Governor Parson to serve as a commissioner,” Rep. Plocher said. “I look forward to working on drafting laws beneficial to the citizens of Missouri. It is important for individuals and businesses to work with laws that are concise and that can be applied with continuity to better facilitate commerce and grow Missouri’s businesses and jobs.”
Founded in 1892, the Uniform Law Commission is an organization of more than 350 practicing attorneys, judges, law professors, legislators and other state officials – all lawyers. Commissioners to the ULC are appointed by every state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands to draft and promote enactment of uniform laws – laws designed to solve problems common to all the states. Commissioners donate their time as a pro bono public service.
Rep. Plocher represents parts of St. Louis County in the Missouri House of Representatives. He was elected in a special election in November 2015. In addition to his legislative duties, Rep. Plocher is a practicing attorney, managing his own law firm in Clayton, Missouri. Prior to becoming a member of the House, Rep. Plocher served as a Municipal Judge in the 21st Judicial Circuit and served on the Board of Directors for the Missouri Municipal and Associate Circuit Judges Association.
During his time in the legislature, Rep. Plocher has sponsored and passed two ULC acts. Those bills were HB 34 revising Articles 1, 7, and 9 of Missouri’s Uniform Commercial Code and HB 1250 Missouri’s Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets Act.
About the Uniform Law Commission: Now in its 128th year, the ULC has provided states with over 250 uniform acts. After receiving the ULC’s seal of approval, a uniform act is officially promulgated for consideration by the states, and legislatures are urged to adopt it. Since its inception in 1892, the ULC has been responsible for such bulwarks of state statutory law as the Uniform Commercial Code, the Uniform Unclaimed Property Act, the Uniform Probate Code, the Uniform Partnership Act, the Uniform Securities Act, the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act, and the Uniform Interstate Family Support Act. U.S. President Woodrow Wilson, former U.S. Supreme Court Justices Louis Brandeis and David Souter, and former U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist all served as uniform law commissioners. Missouri joined the ULC in 1895, and since that time has enacted more than 80 Uniform or Model Acts promulgated by the ULC. Further information on the Uniform Law Commission can be found at the ULC’s website at www.uniformlaws.org.
For more questions, call Rep. Plocher’s office at 573-751-1544.