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     32-2-204. Bylaws. (1) Contemporaneously with or immediately following the execution of said articles of incorporation provided for in 32-2-201, the incorporators then acting in the capacity of directors shall adopt appropriate bylaws to govern and prescribe the methods and the officers by whom the business of the association shall be conducted.
     (2) The bylaws shall be in conformity with the provisions of this chapter and at all times during the regular hours of business shall be open to the inspection of the members at its principal place of business.
     (3) The bylaws, among other things, shall especially provide for:
     (a) the character and method of conducting the business of the association, with rules governing the addition of members, the sale of its shares, the amount of membership fee;
     (b) the annual meeting of the shareholders;
     (c) the annual election and qualification of directors and the term or period during which the directors shall serve, provided that the term or period for all directors shall not be less than 1 or more than 3 years and that the directors shall be so elected that as near as possible the term of an equal number shall expire each year;
     (d) the appointment of officers;
     (e) the adoption, ratification, and amendment of the bylaws, which adoption, ratification, and amendment may be made either by the stockholders or board of directors;
     (f) the method of voting at such annual meeting; and
     (g) the periodical investigation of the business and condition of such association.
     (4) No bylaws and no change or amendment thereof shall be effective until first approved by the department, and no association shall commence the transaction of business as such until the bylaws are first approved by the department.

     History: En. Sec. 5, Ch. 57, L. 1927; re-en. Sec. 6355.5, R.C.M. 1935; amd. Sec. 170, Ch. 431, L. 1975; R.C.M. 1947, 7-105.

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