Monday, May 31, 2010

The New Math?

Q: When do 731 + 451 = 38?

A: When the subject is state enactments of Revised Article 7.

I reported earlier this month on recent state enactments of Revised Article 1 and the 2002 amendments to Articles 3 and 4. I didn't forget Revised Article 7; I was simply waiting for definitive action on bills in two states that had made their way to their respective governor's desk, but on which neither governor had yet acted.

Last Thursday (May 27) and Friday (May 28), Florida Governor Charlie Crist and Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue, respectively, signed Florida HB 731 and Georgia HB 451, making Florida and Georgia the 37th and 38th states to enact Revised Article 7. Both enactments will take effect on July 1, 2010.

Additional bills are pending in Massachusetts, Ohio, Washington, and Wisconsin. As of May 28, Massachusetts HB 89 and Ohio HB 490 are showing some signs of life; but Washington SB 5154 and Wisconsin AB 688 do not appear to be going anywhere in 2010.

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