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1.3.3 Legislative History of Individual State UCC Enactments

At least twenty-two states have some local legislative history behind their enactment of the UCC. Contained in hearings, studies, or reports,87 such history is especially valuable in explaining any non-uniform amendments a state has made.88 Some of the states’ legislative history appears as state comments to each section, in addition to the official comments. Another set of state materials is the New York Law Revision Commission’s study and report on the UCC,89 which had a major impact on the current version of the UCC.


  • 87 {87} See, e.g., Sixth Progress Report to the Legislature by the [Cal.] Senate Fact Finding Committee on the Judiciary—Part I, The Uniform Commercial Code (1959–1961) (discussion of origin of California’s non-uniform amendments). See also M. Ezer, Uniform Commercial Code Bibliography—1972, at 6-16 (1972).

  • 88 {88} Law review articles may explain non-uniform amendments enacted in a state. See, e.g., Penney, New York Revisits the Code: Some Variations in the New York Enactment of the Uniform Commercial Code, 62 Colum. L. Rev. 992 (1962); Raud, The Texas Legislative History of the Uniform Commercial Code, 44 Tex. L. Rev. 597 (1966).

  • 89 {89} 1-2 N.Y. State Law Revision Comm’n, 1954 Report (1954); 1-3 N.Y. State Law Revision Comm’n, 1955 Report (1955); N.Y. State Law Revision Comm’n, 1956 Report (1956).