Uniform Electronic Legal Material Act analysis
Tonda F. Rush is of counsel to King & Ballow of Nashville, Tenn., and president of American PressWorks Inc, a public policy firm in Falls Church, Va. In Tuesday’s Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, she analyzed the proposed Uniform Electronic Legal Material Act:
“The American Bar Association in February will be asked to endorse a proposed uniform law aiming at new standards for state government websites that host legal materials. The Uniform Electronic Legal Material Act (UELMA) is proposed by the Uniform Law Commission to address a trend, still in its infancy, of shuttering public printers and posting laws only online. But shifting an entire system of laws to online-only postings puts our legal system at risk.”
Rush asks in the article:
The question is not whether legal materials can be published online. The question is how much security, authentication, updating and archiving a state must be able to develop and maintain before it can trust the Internet as “official publisher.”
So, what are the answers for the framers of this legislation?