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§31C-10-3. Conversion.

(a) A credit union incorporated under the laws of this state may be converted to a credit union organized under the laws of any other state or under the laws of the United States by complying with the following requirements:

(1) The proposition for the conversion shall first be approved and a date set for a vote thereon by the members (either at a meeting to be held on such date or by written ballot to be filed on or before such date) by a majority of the directors of the West Virginia state credit union. Written notice of the proposition and of the date set for the vote shall then be delivered in person to each member, or mailed to each member at the address for such member appearing on the records of the credit union, not more than sixty or less than fourteen days prior to such date. Approval of the proposition for conversion shall be by the affirmative vote of two thirds of the members voting in person or in writing;

(2) A statement of the results of the vote, verified by the affidavits of the president or vice president and the secretary, shall be filed with the commissioner of banking within ten days after the vote is taken; however, no West Virginia state-chartered credit union may convert its charter to that of another state unless: (i) The conversion is approved by the commissioner of banking in writing after notice; (ii) the other state allows conversions of its credit unions to a West Virginia state charter on a reciprocal basis; and (iii) the majority, or in the event the credit union operates offices in more than two states, the plurality, of the credit union's members are residents of that other state. To the extent that an out-of-state credit union created by conversion seeks to conduct business through a branch or service facility in West Virginia, the provisions of section six, article two of this chapter shall apply;

(3) Promptly after the commissioner of banking has approved the conversion in writing, and in no event later than ninety days thereafter, the credit union shall take such action as may be necessary under the applicable federal or state law to make it a federal credit union or credit union of another state and within ten days after receipt of the federal credit union charter or out-of-state credit union charter there shall be filed with the commissioner of banking a copy of the charter thus issued. Upon such filing, the credit union shall cease to be a West Virginia state-chartered credit union;

(4) The successor federal credit union or out-of-state chartered credit union shall be vested with all the assets and shall continue to be responsible for all of the obligations of the West Virginia state credit union to the same extent as though the conversion had not taken place.

(b) A credit union organized under the laws of the United States or of any other state may convert to a credit union incorporated under the laws of this state. To effect a conversion, a credit union must comply with all the requirements of the jurisdiction under which it was originally organized and the requirements of the laws and rules of this state and file proof of compliance with the commissioner. The commissioner shall generally treat the conversion to a West Virginia state-chartered credit union as a formation of a new credit union pursuant to article two of this chapter and the procedures and requirements therein shall be followed to the extent applicable.

Note: WV Code updated with legislation passed through the 2017 Regular Session
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