2017 ORS 723.682¹
Merger
  • opposition to merger

(1) A credit union chartered in this state may, with the approval of the Director of the Department of Consumer and Business Services, merge with another credit union under the existing charter of the other credit union pursuant to a plan that the majority of each board of directors of each credit union joining in the merger agrees to and that is approved by the affirmative vote of a majority of the members of the merging credit union that vote on the merger.

(2) After the directors agree to a plan and the members of the merging credit union approve the plan, the president and secretary of the credit union shall execute a certificate of merger, which shall set forth all of the following:

(a) The time and place of the meeting of the board of directors at which the board agreed to the plan.

(b) The vote in favor of adopting the plan.

(c) A copy of the resolution or other action by which the board agreed to the plan.

(d) The time and place of the meeting of the members at which the members approved the plan.

(e) The vote by which the members approved the plan.

(3) The certificate and a copy of the plan of merger must be forwarded to the director, certified by the director and returned to the continuing credit union within 30 days.

(4) After the director returns the certificate, all property, property rights and members’ interest of the merged credit union shall vest in the continuing credit union without deed, indorsement or other instrument of transfer, and the continuing credit union under whose charter the merger was effected assumes all debts, obligations and liabilities of the merged credit union. The rights and privileges of the members of the merged credit union remain intact.

(5) This section permits a credit union chartered under the laws of another state or of the United States to merge with a credit union chartered under the laws of this state, and a credit union chartered under the laws of this state to merge with a credit union chartered under the laws of another state or of the United States, to the same extent that the laws of this state permit two or more credit unions chartered under the laws of this state to merge.

(6)(a) After the board of directors of a credit union that is chartered in this state has approved a plan to merge with another credit union, if a member of the credit union opposes the plan to merge and wishes to inform other members of the credit union of the member’s opposition, the member may submit a proposed statement of opposition to the credit union and may ask the credit union to disseminate the statement of opposition to the other members.

(b) If the credit union maintains on the Internet and publicizes to the credit union’s members a public forum for communications concerning the plan to merge or other issues related to the credit union, the credit union, within 14 calendar days after receiving the proposed statement of opposition from the member and subject to paragraph (e) of this subsection, shall publish the statement of opposition on the public forum.

(c) If the credit union does not make a public forum available on the Internet and if the credit union received the member’s proposed statement of opposition at least 28 days before the date on which the members of the credit union are to vote on the plan to merge, subject to paragraph (e) of this subsection, the credit union shall:

(A) Notify the member, within seven days after receiving the statement of opposition, of:

(i) Any limit, which may not be less than 500 words, that the credit union may impose on the length of the statement of opposition; and

(ii) The estimated reasonable cost to reproduce and mail the statement of opposition as a stand-alone document or the estimated cost to include the statement of opposition in any informational or persuasive material concerning the plan to merge that the credit union disseminates to credit union members. The credit union’s estimate of the cost of including the statement of opposition in the credit union’s material may not exceed two cents multiplied by the number of the credit union’s members.

(B) Reproduce and mail the statement of opposition to the credit union’s members or include the statement of opposition in the credit union’s informational or persuasive materials concerning the plan to merge, within 10 days after receiving payment of the cost estimated in subparagraph (A)(ii) of this paragraph, if the member agrees to the limit the credit union imposes on the length of the statement of opposition and pays the cost at least 14 days before the date on which the members of the credit union are to vote on the plan to merge.

(d) For purposes of paragraph (c) of this subsection, informational and persuasive material concerning the plan to merge does not include a notice of the meeting at which the credit union’s members are to consider the plan to merge, a summary of the merger plan or other items that state or federal law requires the credit union to send to credit union members.

(e)(A) The credit union shall notify the credit union member within seven days after receiving the proposed statement of opposition if the credit union declines to disseminate the statement of opposition because the statement of opposition:

(i) Is false or misleading with respect to a material fact at the time and in light of the circumstances in which the statement is made;

(ii) Omits a material fact that is necessary for the statement of fact not to be false or misleading;

(iii) Relates to a personal claim or grievance or solicits personal gain by or business advantage for any party;

(iv) Is not sufficiently related to the credit union’s business or affairs;

(v) Impugns, directly or indirectly, a person’s character, integrity or personal reputation or without an expressed factual basis charges a person with illegal, improper or immoral conduct; or

(vi) Impugns the stability or soundness of the credit union.

(B) The credit union may decline to disseminate the proposed statement of opposition if the credit union member does not agree to the limits the credit union imposes on the length of the statement of opposition or fails within the time limits set in paragraph (c) of this subsection to pay the cost of mailing the statement or including the statement with the credit union’s informational or persuasive material concerning the plan to merge.

(C) The credit union may not decline to disseminate the statement of opposition for reasons other than the reasons identified in subparagraph (A) or (B) of this paragraph.

(f)(A) A credit union member may appeal to the director the credit union’s decision under paragraph (e)(A) of this subsection not to disseminate the credit union member’s statement of opposition. An appeal under this paragraph is not a contested case, as defined in ORS 183.310 (Definitions for chapter), and a party to the appeal is not entitled to notice and an opportunity for a hearing under ORS 183.413 (Notice to parties before hearing of rights and procedure) to 183.470 (Orders in contested cases). As part of the appeal, the credit union member shall provide the director with:

(i) The proposed statement of opposition;

(ii) A statement of reasons for disagreeing with the credit union’s decision under paragraph (e)(A) of this subsection not to disseminate the statement of opposition; and

(iii) The credit union member’s name, address and telephone number or other contact information.

(B) Before issuing an order under this paragraph, the director shall request from the credit union a statement of reasons for declining to disseminate the proposed statement of opposition. The director shall consider the credit union member’s proposed statement of opposition and statement of reasons and the credit union’s statement of reasons and shall arrive at an independent determination as to whether the credit union correctly declined to disseminate the credit union member’s proposed statement for the reasons identified in paragraph (e)(A) of this subsection.

(C) The director by order shall uphold the credit union’s decision under paragraph (e)(A) of this subsection or shall require the credit union to disseminate the credit union member’s proposed statement of opposition in accordance with the provisions of this subsection. The director’s order is subject to appeal only as provided in ORS 183.484 (Jurisdiction for review of orders other than contested cases). [1975 c.652 §71; 1999 c.185 §51; 2011 c.327 §5]

Chapter 723

Atty. Gen. Opinions

Political contribu­tions by savings and loan associa­tion or a credit union, (1974) Vol 37, p 144; depositing deferred salaries of state employes in state-chartered credit unions, (1977) Vol 38, p 911; authority of state chartered credit unions to enlarge membership to include govern­mental units participating in deferred compensa­tion plans, (1977) Vol 38, p 1188

1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 723—Credit Unions, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ors723.­html (2017) (last ac­cessed Mar. 30, 2018).
 
2 Legislative Counsel Committee, Annotations to the Oregon Revised Stat­utes, Cumulative Supplement - 2017, Chapter 723, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ano723.­html (2017) (last ac­cessed Mar. 30, 2018).
 
3 OregonLaws.org assembles these lists by analyzing references between Sections. Each listed item refers back to the current Section in its own text. The result reveals relationships in the code that may not have otherwise been apparent.