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      RS 12:454     


§454.  Certificates of membership and shares of stock

A.  When a member of an association established without capital stock, has paid his membership fee in full, he shall receive a certificate of membership.  

B.  No association shall issue a certificate of stock to a member until it has been fully paid for.  The promissory note of the members may be accepted by the association as full or partial payment.  The association shall hold the stock as security for the payment of the note, but such retention as security shall not affect the member's right to vote or hold office.  

C.  Except for debts lawfully contracted between him and the association, no member shall be liable for the debts of the association A member shall be liable for the sum remaining unpaid on his membership fee or on his subscription to the capital stock, including any unpaid balance on any promissory note given in payment thereof.  

D.  No stockholder of an association shall own more than one-tenth of the common stock of the association.  An association, in its bylaws, may limit the amount of common stock which one member may own to any amount less than one-tenth of the common stock.  

E.  No member or stockholder shall be entitled to more than one vote.  Any association organized with stock, may issue preferred stock, with or without right to vote.  Such stock may be redeemable or subject to retirement by the association, on such terms and conditions as may be provided for by the articles of association.  These conditions shall be printed on the stock certificates.  

F.  The bylaws shall prohibit the transfer of the common stock of the association to persons not engaged in the production of the sea food products handled by the association, and such restrictions shall be printed upon every certificate of stock.  

G.  The association, at any time except when the debts of the association exceed fifty per cent of the assets thereof, may buy or purchase its common stock, at the book value thereof as conclusively determined by the board of directors, and pay for it in cash within thirty days thereafter.

Renumbered from R.S.1950, §12:364 by Acts 1968, No. 105, §3, eff. Jan. 1, 1969.  

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