The State Cooperative Statute Library team has recruited three new researchers to help complete the project, which is still slated for official release by the U.S. Department of Agriculture in early 2017.
Mike Traxinger, Corporate Attorney for Wheat Growers Cooperative in Aberdeen, South Dakota, and a member of the American Agricultural Law Association Board of Directors, will help research Minnesota and/or North Dakota cooperative law.
Aleta Botts, Executive Director of the Kentucky Center for Agriculture and Rural Development, will research Kentucky cooperative law.
Jason Wiener, principal at Jason Wiener|PC—a boutique legal and business consulting practice in Colorado that specializes in co-ops—is a member of the bar in Colorado, New York and Massachusetts and a founding member of NCBA CLUSA’s Cooperative Professional Network. Wiener will research New York and Massachusetts cooperative law.
A comprehensive, state-by-state review of co-op law, the State Cooperative Statute Library is expected to address the challenge of inconsistent legislative framework for cooperative development in the U.S. Currently, co-op statutes differ greatly from state to state. Nationwide, both incorporation legislation and enabling legislation are needed to create a legal environment conducive to cooperative growth.
NCBA CLUSA has long advocated for a 50-state approach to cooperative law. The growing database is a critical step forward to identifying core pieces of good co-op law that can be adopted by other states, resulting in clearer and more consistent statutes nationwide.