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17-72a02. Public benefit corporation defined; contents of certificate of incorporation. (a) A "public benefit corporation" is a for-profit corporation organized under and subject to the requirements of the Kansas general corporation code that is intended to produce a public benefit or public benefits and to operate in a responsible and sustainable manner. To that end, a public benefit corporation shall be managed in a manner that balances the stockholders' pecuniary interests, the best interests of those materially affected by the corporation's conduct and the public benefit or public benefits identified in its articles of incorporation. In the articles of incorporation, a public benefit corporation shall:

(1) Identify within its statement of business or purpose pursuant to K.S.A. 17-6002(a)(3), and amendments thereto, one or more specific public benefits to be promoted by the corporation; and

(2) state within its heading the name of the corporation and that it is a public benefit corporation pursuant to K.S.A. 2019 Supp. 17-7919(b), and amendments thereto.

(b) "Public benefit" means a positive effect, or reduction of negative effects, on one or more categories of persons, entities, communities or interests, other than stockholders in their capacities as stockholders, including, but not limited to, effects of an artistic, charitable, cultural, economic, educational, environmental, literary, medical, religious, scientific or technological nature. "Public benefit provisions" means the provisions of the articles of incorporation contemplated by this section.

(c) If the name of a public benefit corporation does not contain language stated in K.S.A. 2019 Supp. 17-7919(b)(1) through (4), and amendments thereto, the corporation shall, prior to issuing unissued shares of stock or disposing of treasury shares, provide notice to any person to whom such stock is issued or who acquires such treasury shares that it is a public benefit corporation; but such notice need not be provided if the issuance or disposal is pursuant to an offering registered under the securities act of 1933, 15 U.S.C. § 77r et seq., or if, at the time of issuance or disposal, the corporation has a class of securities that is registered under the securities exchange act of 1934, 15 U.S.C. § 78a et seq.

History: L. 2017, ch. 71, § 2; July 1.


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