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     32-2-271. Consolidation and transfer -- branching prohibited. (1) Only building and loan associations organized and chartered under the laws of the state of Montana may, with the approval of the department, consolidate and become incorporated in one body, with or without any dissolution or division of the funds or property of any of them. Any association may transfer its engagements, funds, and property to any other association upon terms agreed upon by a majority vote of the respective board of directors and ratified by a two-thirds vote of the shares or members owning at least two-thirds of the withdrawable deposits in the association, present and voting in person or by proxy at a special meeting or meetings of the stockholders or members of the respective associations convened for that purpose, upon notice given as provided by law; the notice to state the object of the meeting. A transfer may not prejudice any right of any creditor of the association.
     (2) Branching by merger or branching otherwise between a building and loan association organized and chartered under the laws of Montana and a building and loan association organized and chartered under the laws of any other state is prohibited. Branching de novo in Montana by a foreign-chartered building and loan association is prohibited.
     (3) Insofar as this section limits or reduces the rights, powers, or privileges of building and loan associations previously granted by law, it shall apply only to proposed consolidations or mergers of associations which are initiated by action taken by their board of directors and shareholders subsequent to April 14, 1977.

     History: (1), (2)En. as Subd. 22, 7-113, by Sec. 1, Ch. 168, L. 1931; repealed by Sec. 4, Ch. 11, L. 1933; re-en. Sec. 1, Ch. 11, L. 1933; Sec. 7-113(22), R.C.M. 1947; amd. and redes. 7-113.2 by Sec. 73, Ch. 431, L. 1975; amd. Sec. 1, Ch. 363, L. 1977; Sec. 7-113.2, R.C.M. 1947; (3)En. 7-113.3 by Sec. 2, Ch. 363, L. 1977; Sec. 7-113.3, R.C.M. 1947; R.C.M. 1947, 7-113.2, 7-113.3; amd. Sec. 12, Ch. 5, L. 1983; MCA 1981, 32-2-231; redes. 32-2-271 by Code Commissioner, 1983.

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