A N A C T
RELATING TO FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS
It is enacted by the General Assembly as follows:
SECTION 1. Section 19-2-10 of the General Laws in Chapter 19-2 entitled "Creation and Expansion" is hereby amended to read as follows:
19-2-10. Amendment of agreement to form -- (a) Subject to the approval of the director or the director's designee, any financial institution or credit union may amend its agreement to form.
(b) If the amendment increases the capital stock of a stock financial institution, the certificate of the general treasurer that the financial institution has paid into the treasury for the use of the state a sum equal to one tenth of one percent (.1%) of the increase shall be presented to the secretary of state; provided, however, that no share or shares of any increase of stock shall be issued by any financial institution until the par value of the stock shall have been actually paid in cash.
(c) The director or the director's designee may permit any stock financial institution to transfer to its capital account, from any surplus accounts that are not set aside as security for any class of depositors, an amount that will leave, after the transfer, a surplus in addition to any amount set aside as special security of at least one hundred percent (100%) of the total capital stock. The director may authorize the financial institution to issue further shares of stock for the transferred amount whenever the director or the director's designee is satisfied that the entire capital stock when added to and the remaining surplus represent assets of equivalent value properly invested for banking purposes; and provided, also, that nothing in this section shall be construed to affect in any way any right with respect to the determination of the amount and issue of capital stock conferred upon any existing financial institution by its act of formation or any amendment or addition to its act of formation, except that no capital stock shall be issued until the par value of the stock shall have been actually paid in cash, and until the director or the director's designee certifies this, and provided further that no amendment, change, or alteration shall contain any provision that could not lawfully be contained in an original agreement to form under this title filed at the time of applying for amendment.
(d) Upon the issuance of the duplicate certified by the secretary of state, the agreement to form shall be amended accordingly.
SECTION 2. This act shall take effect upon passage.