Section 11-65-6

Incorporation of commission.

The five persons initially designated as members of a commission shall become a corporation with the power and authority provided in this chapter by proceeding according to the provisions of this chapter. To become a corporation, the persons so designated shall present to the Secretary of State an application signed by them which shall contain the following:

(1) A statement that the applicants propose to incorporate a commission pursuant to this chapter;

(2) The name and principal residence of each of the applicants;

(3) The date on which each applicant who is not an ex officio member was appointed as a member and the expiration date of the term for which he was appointed;

(4) The term of office for each applicant who is an ex officio member;

(5) The name of the proposed corporation, which shall be "The _____ [name of the sponsoring municipality] Racing Commission";

(6) The location of the principal office of the proposed corporation, which shall be in the sponsoring municipality; and

(7) Any other matter relating to such commission which the applicants may choose to insert and which is not inconsistent with this chapter or the laws of the state.

The application shall be subscribed and sworn to by each of the applicants before an officer authorized by the laws of the state to take acknowledgments to deeds. The Secretary of State shall examine the application and determine if the certificate of the appropriate election officials has been filed with his office, as required by Section 11-65-4, confirming the results of the election which authorizes the incorporation of the commission and empowers it to license and regulate racing activities and pari-mutuel wagering thereon. If the Secretary of State finds that the application for incorporation of a commission substantially complies with the requirements of this section and that the certified results of the election show the required approval for such incorporation, he shall receive, file, and record such application in an appropriate book of records in his office.

When the application has been made, filed, and recorded as herein provided, the applicants shall constitute a corporation under the name stated in the application, without the necessity of any further action under any other laws of the state applicable to the creation of corporations, and the Secretary of State shall make and issue to the applicants a certificate of incorporation pursuant to this chapter, under the great seal of the state, and shall record the certificate with the application and the certificate of election results. There shall be no fees paid to the Secretary of State for any work done in connection with the incorporation or dissolution of any commission. Once authorized by the election required by Section 11-65-4 and incorporated, a commission may not be dissolved except pursuant to general act of the Legislature applicable to such commission.

To the extent that additional powers to license and regulate racing are authorized for a commission by any election held pursuant to subsection (b) of Section 11-65-4, the certificate of the appropriate election officials confirming the results of such election that is required to be submitted to the Secretary of State shall be filed with and shall constitute part of the permanent records pertaining to the corporate existence and powers of the commission, and such additional powers authorized by such election may be exercised by the commission without any requirement that the commission apply to the Secretary of State for an amendment to its certificate of incorporation reflecting such additional powers or that a certificate of amendment be issued by the Secretary of State.

(Acts 1984, No. 84-131, p. 159, §6; Acts 1991, No. 91-187, p. 246, §6.)