Incorporating Services, Ltd. (Incserv) is an active member of the National Public Records Research Association (NPRRA). One of the many benefits of this membership is the continuous flow of information from other members regarding changes in policy, law and processing of public records searching and filing across the US. We received the below information from the NPRRA.
Please see below for details about the business law changes in Vermont and Connecticut that will take effect on July 1, 2017.
Vermont House Bill 868, Laws of 2016, effective July 1, 2017, has amended the Business Corporation Act as follows:
- Authorizes domestic corporations to convert to a wide variety of domestic entities, and such domestic and foreign entity types to convert to a domestic corporation.
- Expands the types of entities with which domestic corporations are authorized to merge.
- Authorizes domestic corporations to domesticate to a foreign corporation, and a foreign corporation to domesticate to domestic corporation.
- Omits specific reference to parent/subsidiary (short form) mergers.
The Bill may be accessed at: http://legislature.vermont.gov/assets/Documents/2016/Docs/BILLS/H-0868/H-0868%20As%20Passed%20by%20Both%20House%20and%20Senate%20Official.pdf (see Sections E.1. & E.2. of the Bill)
Connecticut House Bill 5259, Laws of 2016, as further amended by House Bill 7311, Laws of 2017, has enacted a new LLC law, effective July 1, 2017. The new law repeals the old law as of the effective date so the new law applies to all LLCs as of that date. The following sets forth changes as affecting our services and materials:
- Expands protection of name to all entity types on record (formerly, just corporations, LLCs & LPs).
- Removes protection of administratively dissolved entity names.
- Provides that entity indicators (e.g. Corp.) are not to be considered by the Secretary of State as a sufficiently distinguishing element between names.
- Does not provide for renewability of name reservations.
- Authorizes foreign LLC name registration for renewable one-year periods.
- Changes the Annual Report due date to April 1 for all LLCs (formerly, the anniversary month of formation or registration). The State advised that filing in 2017 will proceed under the current requirement. Accordingly, the first returns and payments to which the new requirement applies will be those due on or before April 1, 2018.
- Requires a domestic amendment filing where a manager or member knows that any information in the Certificate of Organization is inaccurate.
- Institutes mandatory foreign amendment triggering events for change of name and home state.
- Revises post-merger filing by requiring the filing of an Application for Transfer of Registration upon merger of a registered foreign LLC into an unregistered foreign entity (formerly, withdrawal and registration of the surviving entity was required).
- Provides for a $120 filing fee for Foreign Withdrawal (formerly, no fee).
- Requires a Statement of Withdrawal to be filed for Foreign Withdrawal (formerly, Certificate of Cancellation).
- Generally requires LLC filings to be signed by an authorized person (formerly, by a member or manager).
- Authorizes delayed effective dates up to 90 days after filing except for formation and foreign registration filings.
- Authorizes withdrawal of filings made with the Secretary of State before the filing has become effective.
- Authorizes correction filings.
- Revises prescribed contents of a Certificate of Organization (no purposes or statement of management) and Certificate of Registration (no purposes).
- Revises prescribed contents of Annual Reports and status certificates issued by the Secretary of State.
The Bill can be accessed through the following the following link: https://www.cga.ct.gov/2016/ACT/pa/pdf/2016PA-00097-R00HB-05259-PA.pdf .