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Alaska’s Cooperative Corporation Statute, outlined in Section 10.15, provides the legal framework for the formation and operation of cooperatives in the state. Here are key points:

1. **Purposes**: Cooperatives can be organized for any lawful purpose except for banking, insurance, electric, telephone, or related telecommunications services.

2. **General Powers**: Cooperatives have various powers, including perpetual succession, property transactions, contracts, conducting business nationally or internationally, and more.

3. **Bylaws**: The board of directors adopts initial bylaws, which can be altered or amended by cooperative members. Bylaws regulate cooperative affairs within the boundaries of the law.

4. **Membership**: Conditions for membership include ownership of membership stock or payment of a membership fee. Bylaws specify qualifications, acceptance methods, and termination conditions.

5. **Registered Office and Agent**: Cooperatives must maintain a registered office and agent in the state.

6. **Change of Office or Agent**: Procedures for changing the registered office or agent are outlined.

7. **Service on Agent**: Service on the registered agent is considered service on the cooperative.

8. **Defense of Ultra Vires**: Actions exceeding the cooperative’s powers are not automatically invalid but can be challenged under specific conditions.

9. **Capital Stock and Membership Stock**: Cooperatives may issue capital stock with specified characteristics. Membership stock ownership may be required.

10. **Transfer of Stock**: Unless restricted by articles, stock can be issued or transferred without limitation.

11. **Payment for Issuance**: Stock certificates are issued upon payment, either in cash or other property, with the value determined by the board.

12. **Voting by Shareholders**: Rules for shareholder voting align with those for business corporations.

13. **Record Date for Determinations**: Bylaws can set a record date for shareholder determinations.

14. **Liability of Members**: Members are generally not liable for cooperative debts beyond their unpaid subscriptions or membership fees.

15. **Dividends on Capital Stock**: Cooperatives with capital stock can pay dividends if capital is not impaired.

16. **Recall, Acquisition, Exchange, Redemption, and Reissuance of Stock**: Procedures for these actions, including consideration for recalled membership stock, are specified.

Sec. 10.15.105: Limits on acquisition, recall, exchange, or redemption of stock to prevent a decrease in the cooperative’s assets below its indebtedness. Articles may specify limitations.

Sec. 10.15.110: Shares acquired, recalled, exchanged, or redeemed are restored to authorized but unissued status.

Sec. 10.15.115: Procedure for missing certificates or ownership records, including issuance of duplicate certificates and redemption process.

Sec. 10.15.120: Meetings of members, including annual and special meetings, notice requirements, and locations.

Sec. 10.15.125: Provision for districts and district meetings in bylaws, with notice requirements.

Sec. 10.15.130: Voting by members, specifying voting rights, no proxy voting except for corporations, and possible mail ballots.

Sec. 10.15.135: Quorum of members set at 10% unless bylaws state otherwise.

Sec. 10.15.140: Qualifications and membership of the board of directors, specifying the management role of the board.

Sec. 10.15.145: Initial board of directors serves until the first annual meeting of members.

Sec. 10.15.150: Election and terms of directors, with details on the election process and terms of office.

Sec. 10.15.155: Removal of directors requires a majority vote of members, with reasons presented and recorded.

Sec. 10.15.160: Filling unexpired director terms by majority vote of remaining directors.

Sec. 10.15.165: Meetings of the board of directors, including regular and special meetings, notice requirements, and quorum.

Sec. 10.15.170: Executive committee may be elected by the board, with specified limitations on its authority.

Sec. 10.15.175: Officers, including president, vice presidents, secretary, and treasurer, elected annually by the board.

Sec. 10.15.180: Compensation and benefits to directors, officers, and employees, subject to bylaws.

Sec. 10.15.185: Action without meeting allowed if consent in writing is signed by all entitled to vote.

Sec. 10.15.190: Waiver of notice in writing is equivalent to giving notice.

Sec. 10.15.195: Voting requirements of articles override chapter requirements.

Sec. 10.15.200: Procedural requisites for actions brought in the right of the cooperative by a member or shareholder.

Sec. 10.15.205: Allowance of costs to plaintiff and accounting for proceeds if recovery occurs in an action under 10.15.200.

Sec. 10.15.210: In actions brought by fewer than three percent of cooperative members, defendants can request the plaintiff to provide security for defense expenses.

Sec. 10.15.215: Cooperative contracts with members are valid for specified purposes, including selling products, authorizing cooperative actions, buying goods or services, and authorizing procurement actions.

Sec. 10.15.220: Cooperative contracts may include liquidated damages clauses, specifying payments in case of member contract breaches.

Sec. 10.15.225: Two or more cooperatives can enter into contracts and act collectively.

Sec. 10.15.230: Cooperative contracts can be recorded in the recorder’s office for the district where the member resides or where the products covered by the contract are produced.

Sec. 10.15.235: Instead of recording individual contracts, cooperatives with uniform contracts can record a copy and a list of members who executed the contract.

Sec. 10.15.240: Recorded contracts are a constructive notice, affecting subsequent interests and liens.

Sec. 10.15.245: Fees are applicable for recording contracts and names of parties.

Sec. 10.15.250: Recording affects subsequent interests, and if a member creates a mortgage, payments may be directed to the mortgagee.

Sec. 10.15.255: Procedures for termination of recorded contracts, including recording statements of termination.

Sec. 10.15.260: Recording a list of terminated contracts.

Sec. 10.15.265: Provides remedies for breach of cooperative contracts, including injunctions and specific performance. It also outlines penalties for interference.

Sec. 10.15.270: Allows for civil penalties for inducing breach of contract or spreading false reports about a cooperative.

Sec. 10.15.275: Describes the apportionment and distribution of net proceeds, savings, or net losses among cooperative members.

Sec. 10.15.280: Specifies the manner of payment for net proceeds or savings.

Sec. 10.15.285: Outlines the manner of apportionment and distribution based on various criteria.

Sec. 10.15.290: Details the determination of net proceeds, savings, or losses using generally accepted accounting principles.

Sec. 10.15.295: Addresses unclaimed distributions, redemptions, or payments.

Sec. 10.15.300: Allows for the sale or disposition of cooperative assets in the regular course of business without requiring member or shareholder consent.

Sec. 10.15.305: Describes the process for selling assets not in the regular course of business, requiring member and shareholder approval.

Sec. 10.15.310: Authorizes the board to abandon the sale or disposition of assets after member and shareholder authorization.

Sec. 10.15.315: Specifies the requirements for books and records inspection by members or shareholders.

Sec. 10.15.320: Mandates the filing of a biennial report by cooperatives with the department, containing various details about the cooperative’s operations and structure.

Sec. 10.15.325: The biennial report, due by August 1 of odd or even years, must be submitted on forms provided by the department. Delinquent reports may lead to involuntary dissolution.

Sec. 10.15.330: The department accepts biennial reports conforming to requirements. If corrections are needed, the report is returned, and penalties are waived if corrected within 60 days.

Sec. 10.15.331: Notices of changes in officers or directors must be filed within a year of the biennial report, providing details of the change.

Sec. 10.15.335 – 10.15.360: Describes the formation of cooperatives, including incorporation procedures, filing of articles, the effect of the certificate of incorporation, contents of articles, and organizational meetings of directors.

Sec. 10.15.365 – 10.15.395: Covers the amendment and restatement of articles, including the process for adopting amendments, shareholder and member voting, execution and content of articles of amendment, filing of articles, the effect of amendments, and governing law.

Sec. 10.15.400 – 10.15.455: Describes the process of merger, consolidation, and conversion of corporations into cooperatives. It covers the approval and contents of the plan, adoption of the plan, abandonment of the plan, execution of articles, filing of articles, the effect of merger or consolidation, and the influence of the nature of the surviving or new corporation upon the effect of merger or consolidation.

Sec. 10.15.460 – 10.15.520: Deals with the dissolution of cooperatives, including voluntary dissolution by the act of the cooperative, execution and content of the statement of intent to dissolve, filing the statement, procedures after filing, revocation of voluntary dissolution, execution and content of the statement of revocation, filing the statement of revocation, articles of dissolution, filing articles of dissolution, involuntary dissolution, jurisdiction of court, joinder of members or shareholders, and deposit with the department of amounts due to individuals who cannot be found or are unknown or incompetent.

Sec. 10.15.480: Allows a cooperative to revoke voluntary dissolution proceedings before the issuance of a certificate of dissolution. The cooperative can do this by adopting a resolution of revocation with the same voting requirements as for the adoption of a resolution to dissolve.

Sec. 10.15.485: Describes the execution and content of the statement of revocation of voluntary dissolution proceedings. After adopting the resolution of revocation, a statement must be executed in duplicate, providing necessary information as required by previous sections related to dissolution.

Sec. 10.15.490: Covers the filing of the statement of revocation of voluntary dissolution proceedings. Duplicate originals are handled by the department in the same manner as a statement of intent to dissolve. Upon filing, the revocation is effective, allowing the cooperative to resume its business.

Sec. 10.15.495: Discusses articles of dissolution in case voluntary dissolution proceedings are not revoked. It outlines the requirements for these articles, including details about the cooperative, the statement of intent to dissolve, distribution of assets, and information about pending suits.

Sec. 10.15.500: Details the filing of articles of dissolution and the issuance of a certificate of dissolution. Duplicate originals are filed, and a certificate is issued as per the Alaska Corporations Code. The certificate marks the cessation of the cooperative’s existence, except for specific purposes.

Sec. 10.15.505: Refers to involuntary dissolution and the cancellation of corporate filings, indicating that the provisions in AS 10.06 (Alaska Corporations Code) relating to involuntary dissolution of business corporations apply to cooperatives.

Sec. 10.15.510: Grants the court the jurisdiction to liquidate the assets and business of a cooperative under various circumstances, including deadlock among members, misapplication or waste of corporate assets, insolvency, application by a cooperative, or action by the attorney general for dissolution.

Sec. 10.15.515: Clarifies that it is not necessary to make members or shareholders parties to an action or proceeding under AS 10.15.510 unless relief is sought against them personally.

Sec. 10.15.520: Discusses the deposit with the department of amounts due to persons who cannot be found, unknown persons, or incompetent persons upon the dissolution of a cooperative.


Sec. 10.15.525: Outlines the rights, exemptions, and privileges of foreign cooperatives that have a member residing in the state and distribute proceeds according to Alaska law. These foreign cooperatives are entitled to the rights, exemptions, and privileges of a cooperative organized under this chapter if authorized to do business in the state.


Sec. 10.15.530 – 10.15.560: Covers biennial license fees, determination of license fees, penalty for late payment, miscellaneous fees and charges for filing various documents, and the requirement of payment for filing.


Sec. 10.15.565: Addresses the situation where the department fails to approve articles of incorporation, amendment, merger, consolidation, or dissolution. The procedures and remedies in case of non-approval are to follow those specified in AS 10.06 (Alaska Corporations Code) for business corporations.

Sec. 10.15.570: Declares the public policy that cooperatives operating in compliance with the provisions of this chapter, and not exceeding a certain threshold in marketing products for nonmember patrons, are not considered a conspiracy, combination in restraint of trade, or an illegal monopoly. Contracts of such cooperatives are not construed as an unlawful restraint of trade.

Sec. 10.15.575: Prohibits the use of the term “cooperative” or any variation by entities other than those incorporated under this chapter. Exceptions are provided for cooperatives organized for generating and transmitting electric energy or providing related services. A cooperative may seek injunctive relief against a violation of this provision.

Sec. 10.15.578: Specifies that the name of a cooperative association must be distinguishable from other entities on the records of the department. The department is empowered to adopt regulations to implement this section.


Sec. 10.15.580: Grants the department the necessary power and authority to administer the chapter efficiently and fulfill its duties.

Sec. 10.15.585: States that this chapter applies to existing cooperative associations incorporated under previous laws of the state, with certain exceptions for cooperatives involved in generating and transmitting electric energy or providing related services.

Sec. 10.15.590: Clarifies the effect of amendment, repeal, or modification of the chapter, ensuring that vested rights are not affected, and remedies for previously incurred liabilities are not taken away or impaired.

Sec. 10.15.595: Provides definitions for various terms used in the chapter, including “articles,” “board,” “commissioner,” “cooperative,” “corporation,” “court,” “department,” “foreign cooperative,” “member,” “membership stock,” and “shareholder.”

Sec. 10.15.600: Establishes the short title of the chapter as the “Alaska Cooperative Corporation Act.”