§ 16-62-9. Bonds and notes of the authority.
(a) The authority shall have the power and is authorized to issue its negotiable bonds and notes in one or more series in any principal amounts as in the opinion of the authority shall be necessary to provide sufficient funds for achieving its purposes, including the payment of interest on bonds and notes of the authority; the establishment of reserves to secure these bonds and notes; and the making of all other expenditures of the authority incident to and necessary or convenient to carrying out its corporate purposes and powers.
(b) All bonds and notes issued by the authority may be secured by the full faith and credit of the authority; or may be payable solely out of revenues and receipts derived from the pledge or assignment of, grant of security interest in, or sale of eligible loans or education loans owned by it, or any part of it; or out of receipts upon repayment of any eligible loans or education loans or any part of these made to students or to parents, legal guardians, or sponsors of students, or to institutions or lenders; or upon the undisbursed proceeds of the bonds or notes; or upon guaranty payments of principal and interest on eligible loans; or upon interest subsidy payments; or upon investment earnings of any of these revenues, receipts, proceeds or payments; or upon any other form of security available to the authority for this purpose, all as may be designated in the proceedings of the authority under which the bonds or notes shall be authorized to be issued. The bonds and notes may be executed and delivered by the authority at any time; may be in any form and denominations and of any tenor and maturities; and may be in bearer form or in registered form, as to principal and interest or as to principal alone, all as the authority may determine.
(c) Bonds may be payable in any installments, and at any times not exceeding forty (40) years from their date, as shall be determined by the authority.
(d) Notes, and any renewals of notes, may be payable in any installments and at any times not exceeding ten (10) years from the date of the original issue of the notes, as shall be determined by the authority.
(e) Bonds and notes may be payable at any places, whether within or without the state; may bear interest at any rate or rates payable at any time or times and at any place or places and evidenced in any manner; and may contain any provisions not inconsistent with this section, all as shall be provided in the proceedings of the authority under which they shall be authorized to be issued.
(f) There may be retained, by provisions made in the proceedings under which any bonds or notes of the authority are authorized to be issued, an option to redeem all or any part of these, at any prices and upon any notice, and on any further terms and conditions as shall be set forth on the record of those proceedings and on the face of the bonds or notes.
(g) Any bonds or notes of the authority may be sold at any prices, at public or private sale, and in any manner as shall be determined by the authority, and the authority shall pay all expenses, premiums, and commissions as it shall deem necessary or advantageous in connection with the issuance and sale of these.
(h) Money of the authority, including without limitation: revenues, receipts, proceeds, payments, or earnings listed in subsection (b), may be invested and reinvested in any obligations, securities, and other investments consistent with the purposes of this chapter, including, but not limited to, bonds and notes of the authority as shall be specified in the resolutions under which the bonds or notes are authorized. In no case shall such investment in bonds or notes of the authority constitute an extinguishment of the obligations represented by such bonds and notes.
(i) Issuance by the authority of one or more series of bonds or notes for one or more purposes shall not preclude it from issuing other bonds or notes for the same purpose, or purposes, but the proceedings where any subsequent bonds or notes may be issued shall recognize and protect a prior pledge or mortgage made for a prior issue of bonds or notes unless, in the proceedings authorizing the prior issue, the right is reserved to issue subsequent bonds or notes on a parity with that prior issue.
(j) The authority is authorized to issue bonds or notes for the purpose of refunding its bonds or notes outstanding, including the payment of any redemption premium on them and any interest accrued, or to accrue, to the earliest or subsequent date of redemption, purchase, or maturity of the bonds or notes. The proceeds of bonds or notes, issued for the purpose of refunding outstanding bonds or notes may be applied, in the discretion of the authority, to the purchase, retirement at maturity, or redemption of the outstanding bonds or notes either on their earliest or a subsequent redemption date, and may, pending that application, be placed in escrow. These escrowed proceeds may be invested, and reinvested, in obligations of, or guaranteed by, the United States, or in certificates of deposit or time deposits or repurchase agreements, fully secured or guaranteed by the state or the United States, or an instrumentality of either, maturing at any time or times as shall be appropriate to assure the prompt payment, as to principal, interest, and redemption premium, if any, of the outstanding bonds or notes to be refunded. The interest, income, and profits, if any, earned or realized on this investment, may also be applied to the payment of the outstanding bonds or notes to be refunded. After the terms of the escrow have been fully satisfied and carried out, any balance of the proceeds and interest, income, and profits, if any, earned or realized on the investments of these, may be returned to the authority for use by it in furtherance of its purposes. All these bonds or notes shall be issued and secured and shall be subject to the provisions of this chapter in the manner, and to the same extent, as any other bonds or notes issued pursuant to this chapter.
(k) The directors, officers of the authority, and other persons executing the bonds shall not be subject to personal liability or accountability by reason of the issuance of these.
(l) Bonds or notes may be issued under the provisions of this chapter without obtaining the consent of any department, division, commission, board, body, bureau, or agency of the state, and without any other proceedings, conditions, or things other than those proceedings, conditions, or things that are specifically required by this chapter and by the provisions of the resolution authorizing the issuance of those bonds or notes or the trust agreement securing this.
(m) The authority, subject to any agreements with noteholders or bondholders as may then be in force, shall have power, out of any funds available for this, to purchase bonds or notes of the authority, which shall then be cancelled, at a price not exceeding:
(1) If the bonds or notes are then redeemable, the redemption price then applicable plus accrued interest to the next interest payment date; or
(2) If the bonds or notes are not then redeemable, the redemption price applicable on the earliest date that the bonds or notes become subject to redemption, plus the interest that would have accrued to that date.
(n) Whether or not the bonds and notes are of the form and character as to be negotiable instruments under the terms of the Rhode Island Uniform Commercial Code, title 6A, the bonds and notes are made negotiable instruments within the meaning of, and for all of the purposes of, the Rhode Island Uniform Commercial Code, subject only to the provisions of the bonds and notes for registration.
(o) If a director or officer of the authority whose signature appears on the bonds, notes, or coupons shall cease to be a director or officer before the delivery of those bonds or notes, that signature shall be valid and sufficient for all purposes, as if the director or officer had remained in office until the delivery.
(p) The authority shall also have the power out of any funds available to purchase bonds and notes of the authority if the authority determines that such purchases will stabilize or make the market for the authority's bonds more efficient. Such purchases shall not result in the extinguishment of the debt of the authority represented by such bonds or notes. At the discretion of the authority, such bonds and notes may be held until the purpose of the purchase has been effected and then sold to the market or used as a credit against future redemptions or maturities.
(P.L. 1981, ch. 44, § 1; P.L. 1992, ch. 35, § 1; P.L. 2016, ch. 374, § 1; P.L. 2016, ch. 375, § 1.)