ALI Group Cited in Proposals to Reform and Modernize ECA
Two proposals were recently introduced which include legislation to reform and modernize the outdated Electoral Count Act of 1887 to ensure that the electoral votes tallied by Congress accurately reflect each state’s vote for President.
Recognition for Electoral Count Act Reform Principles
A Washington Post article by Richard Hasen on revising the Electoral Count Act (ECA) mentions proposals presented in the Principles for ECA Reform. A recent CBS News article indicates that the senators have reached a general agreement and are working on text.
Project Updates from the 2022 ALI Annual Meeting
Learn more about the actions taken at this year’s ALI Annual Meeting, held last month, where the membership met to discuss and vote on twelve ALI project drafts.
The Institute in the Courts: Court of Appeals of Oregon Cites Restatement of the Law, Children and the Law
In In re C. L. E., 502 P.3d 1154 (Or. Ct. App. 2021), the Court of Appeals of Oregon cited Restatement of the Law, Children and the Law § 15.30 (Tentative Draft No. 2, 2019) (subsequently renumbered as § 13.40), which the membership approved at the 2019 Annual Meeting.
More on the Proposals for Electoral Count Act Reform
At the invitation of The American Law Institute, a group whose members span a range of legal and political views met to consider the way forward on ECA reform. We came to agree on the following principles, distilled from a longer treatment, which could provide a path to bipartisan reform.
The ALI Convenes a Group to Address Electoral Count Act Reform
The attack on the Capitol on January 6 shocked most Americans and focused attention as well on the law that governs Congress’ count of the state’s electoral votes for President and Vice President. To the members of The American Law Institute, that day’s events also marked a challenge: how to ensure that the very essence of our democracy is not placed at risk again in the future. To undertake this important project, ALI convened 10 individuals with extensive experience in law and government to study the Electoral Count Act and to make proposals for reform.
March 2022 Council Meeting Updates
At its meeting on March 2, 2022, the ALI Council considered drafts and revisions for three projects.
Securing the ALI’s Second Century
The American Law Institute will celebrate its 100th anniversary next year. An occasion of this sort is a natural time for us to reflect on what we have been able to accomplish in our first 100 years, as well as an opportunity to plan for the Institute’s future.
January 2022 Council Meeting Updates
At its meeting on January 20 and 21, 2022, the ALI Council reviewed and discussed Council Drafts of nine projects.
The Restatement of Liability Insurance in the Courts
It is gratifying to see that the Restatement of Liability Insurance is proving useful to judges because it has been one of the ALI’s more contentious projects. Approved by the ALI membership in 2018 and published a year later, the Restatement of Liability Insurance has now been cited in over 50 cases by state and federal courts.