35-16-302. Procedure for receiving other members. (1) Whenever any corporation or district has been formed under the provisions of this chapter, it is authorized and directed to permit other holders of title or evidence of title of similar or like agricultural, horticultural, or farm land within this state to become members, upon the holder of title or evidence of title, in manner and form that may be required by the laws of Montana and the rules of the corporation or district or its bylaws, applying for membership to the officers of the corporation or district by written application, duly acknowledged:
(a) containing a full, true, and correct description of the land owned by the applicant and proposed to be contained in the corporation or district;
(b) containing a statement of the applicant's desire to become a member and the applicant's consent to submit the applicant's land to the provisions of this chapter and to the administration of the corporation or district and its bylaws and to its objects and purposes; and
(c) accompanied by a map of the land owned by the applicant and proposed to be submitted to the corporation or district, its objects and purposes.
(2) If the application is in proper form and the applicant is the holder of title or evidence of title to the land described and the uses of the land as represented in the petition are similar to the uses of land already included in the corporation or district, a full, true, and correct copy of the application must be made and filed in the office of principal place of business of the corporation or district and the original application must be filed and recorded in the office of the county clerk and recorder of the county in which the land or the greater portion of the land is located. Upon filing, the applicant is entitled to evidence of temporary membership, in shares or units of membership, in a similar manner as the original members and the land described in the petition must be construed to be a part of the corporation or district to all intents and purposes as though originally incorporated in the corporation or district. Upon the consent of a majority of the members or stockholders given in the annual meeting or at a special meeting called as provided by law for that purpose, the new member or stockholder is entitled to full membership in the corporation or district.
History: En. Sec. 6, Art. 1, Ch. 152, L. 1921; re-en. Sec. 6402, R.C.M. 1921; re-en. Sec. 6402, R.C.M. 1935; R.C.M. 1947, 14-306; amd. Sec. 1326, Ch. 56, L. 2009.