2023 Florida Statutes

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SECTION 1003Amendment by board of directors and shareholders.

607.1003 Amendment by board of directors and shareholders.If a corporation has issued shares, an amendment to the articles of incorporation shall be adopted in the following manner:
(1) The proposed amendment shall first be adopted by the board of directors.
(2)(a) Except as provided in s. 607.1002, s. 607.10025, s. 607.1008, or, with respect to restatements that do not require shareholder approval, s. 607.1007, the amendment shall then be approved by the shareholders.
(b) In submitting the proposed amendment to the shareholders for approval, the board of directors shall recommend that the shareholders approve the amendment unless:
1. The board of directors makes a determination that because of a conflict of interest or other special circumstances it should not make such a recommendation; or
2. Section 607.0826 applies.
(c) If either subparagraph (b)1. or subparagraph (b)2. applies, the board must inform the shareholders of the basis for its so proceeding without such recommendation.
(3) The board of directors may set conditions for the approval of the amendment by the shareholders or the effectiveness of the amendment.
(4) If the amendment is required to be approved by the shareholders, and the approval is to be given at a meeting, the corporation must notify each shareholder, whether or not entitled to vote, of the meeting of shareholders at which the amendment is to be submitted for approval. The notice must be given in accordance with s. 607.0705; must state that the purpose, or one of the purposes, of the meeting is to consider the amendment; and must contain or be accompanied by a copy of the amendment.
(5) Unless this chapter, the articles of incorporation, or the board of directors, acting pursuant to subsection (3), requires a greater vote or a greater quorum, the approval of the amendment requires the approval of the shareholders at a meeting at which a quorum exists consisting of at least a majority of the shares entitled to be cast on the amendment, and, if any class or series of shares is entitled to vote as a separate group on the amendment, except as provided in s. 607.1004(3), the approval of each such separate voting group at a meeting at which a quorum of the voting group exists consisting of at least a majority of the votes entitled to be cast on the amendment by that voting group.
(6) If the amendment by any voting group would create appraisal rights, approval of the amendment must also require the vote of a majority of the votes entitled to be cast by such voting group.
(7) Unless otherwise provided in the articles of incorporation, the shareholders of a corporation having 35 or fewer shareholders may amend the articles of incorporation without an act of the directors at a meeting for which notice of the changes to be made is given. For purposes of this subsection, the term “shareholder” means a record shareholder, a beneficial shareholder, or an unrestricted voting trust beneficial owner.
(8) If, as a result of an amendment of the articles of incorporation, one or more shareholders of a domestic corporation would become subject to new interest holder liability, approval of the amendment shall require the signing in connection with the amendment, by each such shareholder, of a separate written consent to become subject to such new interest holder liability, unless in the case of a shareholder that already has interest holder liability the terms and conditions of the new interest holder liability are substantially identical to those of the existing interest holder liability (other than changes that eliminate or reduce such interest holder liability).
(9) For purposes of subsection (8) and s. 607.1009, the term “new interest holder liability” means interest holder liability of a person resulting from an amendment of the articles of incorporation if the person did not have interest holder liability before the amendment becomes effective, or the person had interest holder liability before the amendment becomes effective, the terms and conditions of which are changed when the amendment becomes effective.
History.s. 99, ch. 89-154; s. 121, ch. 2019-90; s. 27, ch. 2020-32.

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