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Date of enactment: May 30, 2006
2005 Senate Bill 619 Date of publication*: June 13, 2006
* Section 991.11, Wisconsin Statutes 2003-04 : Effective date of acts. "Every act and every portion of an act enacted by the legislature over the governor's partial veto which does not expressly prescribe the time when it takes effect shall take effect on the day after its date of publication as designated" by the secretary of state [the date of publication may not be more than 10 working days after the date of enactment].
2005 WISCONSIN ACT 476
An Act to repeal 180.0825 (2) (a), 180.0825 (5) (a) to (h) and 180.1105 (1) (a) and (b); to renumber 180.1105 (1) (c) and (d); to renumber and amend 180.0602 (3); to consolidate, renumber and amend 180.0825 (2) (intro.) and (b); to amend 179.02 (1), 179.76 (4) (c), 179.77 (6) (c), 179.84, 180.0121 (1) (a) 4., 180.0121 (2), 180.0502 (3), 180.0706 (title), 180.0824 (3), 180.0825 (1), 180.1103 (1), 180.1104 (1), 180.1106 (1) (b), 180.1130 (3) (a) (intro.), 180.1140 (11), 180.1150 (2), 180.1161 (4) (c), 180.1201 (title), 180.1201 (2), 180.1302 (4), 181.0121 (1) (a) 4., 181.0121 (2), 181.0502 (3), 181.1106 (2), 181.1161 (4) (c), 182.01 (title), 183.0105 (4), 183.0109 (1) (a) 5., 183.0109 (2), 183.1202 (1), 183.1205 (2) and 183.1207 (4) (c); to repeal and recreate 180.1130 (14); and to create 73.14, 179.76 (5) (bm), 179.76 (5m), 179.77 (5) (bm), 179.77 (5r), 180.0602 (3) (b), 180.0706 (3), 180.0708, 180.0825 (5) (am) and (bm), 180.11045, 180.1105 (1) (bm), (cm), (dm) and (e) to (h), 180.1161 (5) (bm), 180.1201 (1) (d), 180.1302 (1) (a) 3., 181.1105 (1m), 181.1161 (5) (bm), 182.01 (7), 183.1204 (1) (cm) and 183.1207 (5) (bm) of the statutes; relating to: mergers, conversions, and other business combinations; merger and conversion reports; the authority of the boards of directors of business corporations and corporate committees; corporate shareholder notices and meetings; the transfer of corporate property to certain affiliates; naming limited partnerships; and providing penalties.
The people of the state of Wisconsin, represented in senate and assembly, do enact as follows:
476,1 Section 1. 73.14 of the statutes is created to read:
73.14 Merger and conversion real estate reports. (1) If an acquired business entity in a merger or the converted business entity in a conversion owned a fee simple ownership interest in any Wisconsin real estate immediately prior to the merger or conversion, the surviving business entity shall submit a report to the department of revenue, on a form prescribed by the department, no later than 60 days after the effective date of the merger or conversion that provides the following information:
(a) The effective date of the merger or conversion.
(b) The name, address, and federal employer identification number of each business entity that is a party to the merger or conversion.
(c) The name, telephone number, and address of any person at the surviving business entity that the department of revenue may contact with regard to submitting the report and the information contained in the report and the address to which tax bills should be sent, if different from the address for the contact person described in this paragraph.
(d) The parcel identification number of each fee simple ownership interest in Wisconsin real estate owned by the acquired business entity in a merger or by the converted entity in a conversion and municipality in which such interest is located.
(e) In the case of a conversion, a sworn statement that, after the conversion, the ownership interests in the surviving entity are identical with the ownership interests in the original entity immediately preceding the conversion.
(f) A certified copy of the document providing evidence of the merger or conversion, as filed with the state in which the surviving entity is organized and a copy of any merger or conversion plan, regardless of whether the plan is required to be filed with the state in which the surviving entity is organized.
(2) (a) If a surviving entity required to submit a report under sub. (1), fails to file the report within the time provided under sub. (1), the surviving entity is subject to a penalty in an amount equal to $200 for each day that the report is late, but not to exceed $7,500, except that no penalty shall be imposed under this paragraph if the surviving entity can show good cause for submitting a late report and if submitting a late report is not the result of the surviving entity's intentional act or omission.
(b) If a surviving entity required to submit a report under sub. (1), fails to specify in the report each municipality in which a fee simple ownership interest in Wisconsin real estate owned by the acquired business entity in a merger, or by the converted business entity in a conversion, is located, the surviving entity is subject to a penalty in an amount equal to $1,500 for each municipality not specified in the report and in which such ownership interest in located, except that no penalty shall be imposed under this paragraph if the surviving entity can show good cause for the failure to specify each municipality as described under sub. (1) (d) and if such failure is not the result of the surviving entity's intentional act or omission.
(3) The reports submitted under this section are confidential information, except that the department of revenue may disclose the reports and information from the reports for the sole purpose of administering and enforcing this subchapter, ch. 70, and subch. II of ch. 77.
476,2 Section 2. 179.02 (1) of the statutes is amended to read:
179.02 (1) Shall contain without abbreviation the words "limited partnership" or the abbreviation "L.P." or "LP".
476,3 Section 3. 179.76 (4) (c) of the statutes is amended to read:
179.76 (4) (c) The business entity continues to be vested with title to all property owned by the business entity that was converted without reversion or impairment, provided that, if the converting business entity has an interest in real estate in Wisconsin on the date of the conversion, the converting business entity shall transfer that interest to the business entity surviving the conversion and shall execute any real estate transfer return required under s. 77.22. The business entity surviving the conversion shall promptly record the instrument of conveyance under s. 59.43 in the office of the register of deeds for each county in which the real estate is located.
476,4 Section 4. 179.76 (5) (bm) of the statutes is created to read:
179.76 (5) (bm) A statement indicating whether the business entity that is to be converted has a fee simple ownership interest in any Wisconsin real estate.
476,5 Section 5. 179.76 (5m) of the statutes is created to read:
179.76 (5m) If the department prescribes a form for the certificate of conversion under sub. (5), the form shall indicate that if the business entity that is to be converted has a fee simple ownership interest in Wisconsin real estate, the entity is required to file a report with the department of revenue under s. 73.14.
476,6 Section 6. 179.77 (5) (bm) of the statutes is created to read:
179.77 (5) (bm) A statement indicating whether a business entity that merged with or into the surviving entity in the merger has a fee simple ownership interest in any Wisconsin real estate.
476,7 Section 7. 179.77 (5r) of the statutes is created to read:
179.77 (5r) If the department prescribes a form for the articles of merger under sub. (5), the form shall indicate that if a business entity that is acquired in the merger has a fee simple ownership interest in Wisconsin real estate, the business entity that survives the merger is required to file a report with the department of revenue under s. 73.14.
476,8 Section 8. 179.77 (6) (c) of the statutes is amended to read:
179.77 (6) (c) The title to all property owned by each business entity that is a party to the merger is vested in the surviving business entity without reversion or impairment, provided that, if a merging business entity has an interest in real estate in Wisconsin on the date of the merger, the merging business entity shall transfer that interest to the business entity surviving the merger and shall execute any real estate transfer return required under s. 77.22. The business entity surviving the merger shall promptly record the instrument of conveyance under s. 59.43 in the office of the register of deeds for each county in which the real estate is located.
476,8m Section 8m. 179.84 of the statutes is amended to read:
179.84 Name. A foreign limited partnership may register with the department under any name that includes without abbreviation the words "limited partnership" and that or the abbreviation "L.P." or "LP", if the name could be registered by a domestic limited partnership.
476,9 Section 9. 180.0121 (1) (a) 4. of the statutes is amended to read:
180.0121 (1) (a) 4. An application for a certificate of conversion under s. 180.1161 (5). The form prescribed under this subdivision shall indicate that if the business entity that is to be converted has a fee simple ownership interest in Wisconsin real estate, the entity is required to file a report with the department of revenue under s. 73.14.
476,10 Section 10. 180.0121 (2) of the statutes is amended to read:
180.0121 (2) The department may prescribe and furnish on request forms for other documents required or permitted to be filed by this chapter, but use of these forms is not mandatory. If the department prescribes a form for articles of merger under s. 180.1105, the form shall indicate that if a business entity that is acquired in the merger has a fee simple ownership interest in Wisconsin real estate, the business entity that survives the merger is required to file a report with the department of revenue under s. 73.14.
476,11 Section 11. 180.0502 (3) of the statutes is amended to read:
180.0502 (3) If the name of a registered agent changes or if the street address of his or her a registered agent's business office, he or she changes, the registered agent may change the name of the registered agent or street address of the registered office of any corporation for which he or, she, or it is the registered agent by notifying. To make a change under this subsection, the registered agent shall notify the corporation in writing of the change and by signing, either manually or in facsimile, and delivering deliver to the department for filing a signed statement that complies with sub. (2) and recites that the corporation has been notified of the change.
476,12 Section 12. 180.0602 (3) of the statutes is renumbered 180.0602 (3) (a) and amended to read:
180.0602 (3) (a) After the articles of amendment are filed under sub. (2) and before the corporation issues any shares of the class or series that is the subject of the articles of amendment, the board of directors may alter or revoke any the distinguishing designation of the class or series and the preferences, limitations, or relative rights described in the articles of amendment, by adopting another resolution appropriate for that purpose. The corporation shall file and filing with the department revised articles of amendment that comply with sub. (2). A Except as provided in par. (b), a distinguishing designation, preference, limitation, or relative right may not be altered or revoked after the issuance of any shares of the class or series that are subject to the distinguishing designation, preference, limitation, or relative right, except by amendment of the articles of incorporation under s. 180.1003.
476,13 Section 13. 180.0602 (3) (b) of the statutes is created to read:
180.0602 (3) (b) 1. Except as otherwise provided in this subdivision, after the articles of amendment are filed under sub. (2), the board of directors may decrease the number of shares of the class or series that is the subject of the articles of amendment by adopting another resolution appropriate for that purpose. The shares specified in the resolution shall resume the status applicable to them immediately before their inclusion in the class or series. The board of directors may not decrease the number of shares under this subdivision below the number of such shares that are outstanding.
2. After the articles of amendment are filed under sub. (2), if no shares of the class or series that is the subject of the articles of amendment are outstanding, the board of directors may eliminate from the articles of incorporation all matters set forth in the articles of amendment with respect to that class or series by adopting another resolution for that purpose. The board of directors shall prepare a certificate setting forth the content of any resolution under this subdivision, stating that none of the authorized shares of the class or series are outstanding, and stating that no such shares will be issued under the articles of amendment and shall deliver the signed certificate to the department for filing. A resolution under this subdivision takes effect upon receipt of the certificate by the department and has the effect of eliminating from the articles of incorporation all matters set forth in the articles of amendment with respect to the applicable class or series.
3. Except as otherwise provided in this subdivision, after the articles of amendment are filed under sub. (2), the board of directors may increase the number of shares of the class or series that is the subject of the articles of amendment by adopting another resolution appropriate for that purpose. The board of directors may not increase the number of shares under this subdivision to be greater than the total number of authorized shares of the class or series as specified in the articles of incorporation.
476,14 Section 14. 180.0706 (title) of the statutes is amended to read:
180.0706 (title) Waiver of and exemption from notice.
476,15 Section 15. 180.0706 (3) of the statutes is created to read:
180.0706 (3) (a) Except as provided in par. (b), any notice required to be given by a corporation to a shareholder under this chapter is not required to be given if any of the following applies:
1. Notice of 2 consecutive annual meetings, and all notices of meetings during the period between these annual meetings, have been sent to the shareholder at the shareholder's address as shown on the records of the corporation and have been returned as undeliverable.
2. All, but not less than 2, payments of dividends on securities during a one-year period, or 2 consecutive payments of dividends on securities during a period of more than one year, have been sent to the shareholder at the shareholder's address as shown on the records of the corporation and have been returned as undeliverable.
(b) If a shareholder to whom par. (a) applies delivers to the corporation a written notice containing the shareholder's current address, then, beginning 30 days after receipt of the notice by the corporation, the requirement that notice be given to the shareholder is reinstated, until such time as par. (a) may again apply.
476,16 Section 16. 180.0708 of the statutes is created to read:
180.0708 Conduct of meeting. Unless the articles of incorporation or bylaws provide otherwise, every meeting of the shareholders shall be conducted as follows:
(1) A chairperson shall preside over the meeting. The chairperson shall be appointed by the board of directors.
(2) The chairperson shall determine the order of business and the time of adjournment and may establish rules for the conduct of the meeting which the chairperson believes are fair to the interests of all shareholders.
(3) The chairperson shall determine and announce at the meeting the time at which the polls will close for each matter voted upon at the meeting. The polls close at the announced time, except that, if no such announcement is made, the polls close upon final adjournment of the meeting. After the polls close, no ballots, proxies, or votes or revocations or changes to ballots, proxies, or votes may be accepted.
476,17 Section 17. 180.0824 (3) of the statutes is amended to read:
180.0824 (3) Except as provided in ss. 180.0825 (2) and (3), 180.0831 (4) and 180.0855 (1) and (2), if a quorum is present when a vote is taken, the affirmative vote of a majority of directors present is the act of the board of directors or a committee of the board of directors created under s. 180.0825, unless the articles of incorporation or bylaws require the vote of a greater number of directors.
476,18 Section 18. 180.0825 (1) of the statutes is amended to read:
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