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  392.300.  Transfer of property and ownership of stock without consent of commission prohibited — impact of transfer on local tax revenues, information on to be furnished, to whom, procedure. — 1.  No telecommunications company shall hereafter sell, assign, lease, transfer, mortgage or otherwise dispose of or encumber the whole or any part of its franchise, facilities or system, necessary or useful in the performance of its duties to the public, nor by any means, direct or indirect, merge or consolidate such line or system, or franchises, or any part thereof, with any other corporation, person or public utility, without having first secured from the commission an order authorizing it so to do.  Every such sale, assignment, lease, transfer, mortgage, disposition, encumbrance, merger or consolidation made other than in accordance with the order of the commission authorizing the same shall be void.  The permission and approval of the commission to the exercise of a franchise or permit under this chapter, or the sale, assignment, lease, transfer, mortgage or other disposition or encumbrance of a franchise or permit under this section shall not be construed to revive or validate any lapsed or invalid franchise or permit, or to enlarge or add to the powers or privileges contained in the grant of any franchise or permit, or to waive any forfeiture.  Any person seeking any order under this subsection authorizing the sale, assignment, lease, transfer, merger, consolidation, or other disposition, direct or indirect, of any telecommunications company shall, at the time of application for any such order, file with the commission a statement, in such form, manner and detail as the commission shall require, as to what, if any, impact such sale, assignment, lease, transfer, merger, consolidation, or other disposition will have on the tax revenues of the political subdivisions in which any structures, facilities or equipment of the companies involved in such disposition are located.  The commission shall send a copy of all information obtained by it as to what, if any, impact such sale, assignment, lease, transfer, merger, consolidation, or other disposition will have on the tax revenues of various political subdivisions to the county clerk of each county in which any portion of a political subdivision which will be affected by such disposition is located.  Nothing in this subsection contained shall be construed to prevent the sale, lease or other disposition by any telecommunications company of a class designated in this subsection of property which is not necessary or useful in the performance of its duties to the public, and any sale of its property by such company shall be conclusively presumed to have been of property which is not useful or necessary in the performance of its duties to the public, as to any purchaser of such property in good faith for value.

  2.  Except where stock shall be transferred or held for the purpose of collateral security, no stock corporation, domestic or foreign, other than a telecommunications company, shall, without the consent of the commission, purchase or acquire, take or hold more than ten percent of the total capital stock issued by any telecommunications company organized or existing under or by virtue of the laws of this state, except that a corporation now lawfully holding a majority of the capital stock of any telecommunications company may, without the consent of the commission, acquire and hold the remainder of the capital stock of such telecommunications company, or any portion thereof.  Nothing herein contained shall be construed to prevent the holding of stock heretofore lawfully acquired, or to prevent, upon the surrender or exchange of such stock pursuant to a reorganization plan, the purchase, acquisition, taking or holding of a proportionate amount of stock of any new corporation organized to take over, at foreclosure or other sale, the property of any corporation whose stock has been thus surrendered or exchanged.  Every contract, assignment, transfer or agreement for transfer of any stock by or through any person or corporation to any corporation in violation of any provision of this chapter shall be void and of no effect, and no such transfer or assignment shall be made upon the books of any such telecommunications company, or shall be recognized as effective for any purpose.

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(RSMo 1939 § 5675, A.L. 1984 H.B. 1477, A.L. 1987 H.B. 360)

Prior revisions: 1929 § 5219; 1919 § 10507


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