IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES
June 29, 2017
Ms. Murkowski (for herself and Mr. Sullivan) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources
To amend the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act regarding the treatment of fractional shares of stock by Regional Corporations, and for other purposes.
This Act may be cited as the
ANCSA Fractional Shares Consolidation Act of 2017.
Section 7(h) of the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (43 U.S.C. 1606(h)) is amended—
in paragraph (2)(A), by inserting
, subject to paragraph (4) after
pursuant to applicable laws of intestate succession;
by redesignating paragraph (4) as paragraph (5); and
by inserting after paragraph (3) the following:
Notwithstanding any State law regarding fractional shares, a Regional Corporation is authorized to issue a full share of any class of stock, for no consideration, in exchange for a fractional share of the same class of stock, held by any shareholder, as long as the Regional Corporation exchanges all fractional shares of a class of stock for full shares of the same class of stock at the same time.
Elimination of fractional shares
A Regional Corporation shall be authorized, after taking the action specified in subparagraph (A) for any class of stock, to adopt, by resolution of the board of directors of the Regional Corporation, a policy that provides for the elimination of fractional shares that would result by will or the laws of intestate succession by—
issuing a full share in lieu of any fractional share that would otherwise result from the application of a will or the intestacy laws; or
issuing the maximum number of full shares possible to each devisee or beneficiary in the manner specified in a will or under the applicable intestacy laws, and, if any shares remain unissued, then issuing any such remaining shares as full shares only, in accordance with a process specified in the resolution that may reflect, in the discretion of the board of directors, local customs, traditions, and laws.
No legal cause of action
No action taken by a Regional Corporation under subparagraph (A) or (B) shall provide a legal cause of action to any shareholder of the Regional Corporation against either the Regional Corporation or its board of directors.
Preemption of State law
The provisions of this paragraph shall preempt State law with respect to fractional shares of Regional Corporations.
Section 8(c) of the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (43 U.S.C. 1607(c)) is amended by striking
paragraph (4) and inserting