TITLE 27
Insurance

CHAPTER 27-25
Rhode Island Fraternal Code

SECTION 27-25-14


§ 27-25-14 Consolidations and mergers.

(a) A domestic society may consolidate or merge with any other society by complying with the provisions of this section. It shall file with the commissioner of insurance:

(1) A certified copy of the written contract containing, in full, the terms and conditions of the consolidation or merger;

(2) A sworn statement by the president and secretary or corresponding officers of each society showing the financial condition of the society on a date fixed by the commissioner of insurance but not earlier than December thirty-first, next preceding the date of the contract;

(3) A certificate of the officers, duly verified by their respective oaths, that the consolidation or merger has been approved by a two-thirds ( 2/3) vote of the supreme governing body of each society, the vote being conducted at a regular or special meeting of the body, or, if the society's laws so permit, by mail; and

(4) Evidence that at least sixty (60) days prior to the action of the supreme governing body of each society, the text of the contract has been furnished to all of the members of each society either by mail or by publication, in full, in the official publication of each society.

(b) If the commissioner of insurance finds that the contract is in conformity with the provisions of this section, that the financial statements are correct, and that the consolidation or merger is just and equitable to the members of each society, the commissioner shall approve the contract and issue a certificate to that effect. Upon that approval, the contract shall be in full force and effect unless any society that is a party to the contract is incorporated under the laws of any other state or territory. In that event, the consolidation or merger shall not become effective unless and until it has been approved as provided by the laws of that state or territory and a certificate of the approval filed with the commissioner of insurance of this state or, if the laws of that state or territory contain no such provision, then the consolidation or merger shall not become effective unless and until it has been approved by the commissioner of insurance of that state or territory and a certificate of the approval filed with the commissioner of insurance of this state.

(c) Upon the consolidation or merger becoming effective, all of the rights, franchises, and interest of the consolidated or merged societies in and to every species of property, real, personal, or mixed, and things in action belonging to the societies shall be vested in the society resulting from or remaining after the consolidation or merger without any other instrument, except that conveyance of real property may be evidenced by proper deeds, and the title to any real estate or interest in real estate, vested under the laws of this state in any of the societies consolidated or merged, shall not revert or be in any way impaired by reason of the consolidation or merger, but shall vest absolutely in the society resulting from or remaining after the consolidation or merger.

(d) The affidavit of any officer of the society or of anyone authorized by it to mail any notice or document, stating that the notice or document has been duly addressed and mailed, shall be prima facie evidence that the notice or document has been furnished to the addressees.

History of Section.
(P.L. 1984, ch. 201, § 2.)