The first piece of federal legislation addressing this issue was passed in 1956 and was known as the Uniform Gifts to Minors Act. The initial statute was based on an earlier law sponsored by the New York Stock Exchange and the Association of Stock Exchange Firms. Eventually, all of the states adopted this legislation or one of its amended forms. Some states also added other amendments that defeated the uniformity of the law. In response, the statute we now know as the Uniform Transfers to Minors Act was passed in 1983.
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