State Corporation Laws

The majority of states have adopted the Model Business Corporation Act (MBCA) as the basis of their own state laws, though each of these states has modified the provisions of the MBCA. The following lists the laws that govern corporations and indicates which government body provides general supervision over corporations.

ALABAMA: The state corporation statute is based on the MBCA. The Secretary of State provides general supervision over corporations.

ALASKA: The current Alaska Corporations Code was adopted in 1989.

ARIZONA: The state corporation statute is based on the MBCA. The Arizona Corporation Commission provides general supervision over corporations.

ARKANSAS: The state corporation statute is based on the MBCA. The Secretary of State provides general supervision over corporations.

CALIFORNIA: The General Corporation Law has been in effect since 1977. The Secretary of State provides general supervision over corporations.

COLORADO: The state corporation statute is based on the MBCA. The Secretary of State provides general supervision over corporations.

CONNECTICUT: The current version of the Connecticut Business Corporation Act was completed in 1997.

DELAWARE: The Delaware General Corporation Law applies to corporations. The Division of Corporations of the Secretary of State governs corporations.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: The District of Columbia Business Corporation Act was adopted in 1954 and was based on the MBCA. In addition to the provision allowing for the general formation of corporations, Congress may form a corporation through the enactment of a special act.

FLORIDA: The state corporation statute is based on the MBCA. The Secretary of State provides general supervision over corporations.

GEORGIA: The state corporation statute is based on the MBCA. The Corporations Division of the Secretary of State provides general supervision over corporations.

HAWAII: The state corporation statute is based on the MBCA. The Director of the Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs provides general supervision over corporations.

IDAHO: The state corporation statute is based on the MBCA.

ILLINOIS: The Illinois Business Corporation Act became effective on July 1984. The Secretary of State provides general supervision over corporations.

INDIANA: The state corporation statute is based on the MBCA.

IOWA: The Iowa Business Corporation Act became effective in 1989.

KANSAS: The state corporation statute is based on the Delaware General Corporation Law. The Secretary of State provides general supervision over corporations.

KENTUCKY: The state corporation statute is based on the MBCA. The Secretary of State provides general supervision over corporations.

LOUISIANA: The Business Corporations Law was enacted in 1968. No government office provides general supervision, except that documents submitted by corporations are filed with the Secretary of State.

MAINE: The state corporation statute is based on the MBCA. The Secretary of State provides general supervision over corporations.

MARYLAND: The state corporation statute is based on the MBCA. The State Department of Assessments and Taxation provides general supervision over corporations.

MASSACHUSETTS The state corporation statute is based on the MBCA. The Corporations Division of the Secretary of the Commonwealth provides general supervision over corporations.

MICHIGAN: The Michigan Business Corporation Act became effective on January 1, 1973. The Department of Labor and Economic Growth provides general supervision over corporations.

MINNESOTA: The Business Corporation Law became effective in 1981.

MISSISSIPPI: The state corporation statute is based on the MBCA. The Business Services Division of the Secretary of State’s office provides general supervision over corporations.

MISSOURI: The Secretary of State provides general supervision over corporations.

MONTANA: The state corporation statute is based on the MBCA. The Secretary of State provides general supervision over corporations.

NEBRASKA: The state corporation statute is based on the MBCA. The Secretary of State provides general supervision over corporations.

NEVADA: The Secretary of State provides general supervision over corporations.

NEW HAMPSHIRE: The state corporation statute is based on the MBCA. The Secretary of State provides general supervision over corporations.

NEW JERSEY: The current Corporations Act was adopted to become effective in 1969. The Secretary of State provides general supervision over corporations.

NEW MEXICO: The state corporation statute is based on the MBCA. The Public Regulation Commission provides general supervision over corporations.

NEW YORK: The Secretary of State provides general supervision over corporations.

NORTH CAROLINA: The state corporation statute is based on the MBCA. The Secretary of State provides general supervision over corporations.

NORTH DAKOTA: The state corporation statute is based partially on the MBCA. The Secretary of State provides general supervision over corporations.

OHIO: The Business Services Division of the Secretary of State provides general supervision over corporations.

OKLAHOMA: The Secretary of State provides general supervision over corporations.

OREGON: The state corporation statute is based on the MBCA. The Secretary of State provides general supervision over corporations.

PENNSYLVANIA: The Business Corporation Law was enacted in 1988. The Department of State provides general supervision over corporations.

RHODE ISLAND: The state corporation statute is based on the MBCA. The Secretary of State provides general supervision over corporations.

SOUTH CAROLINA: The state corporation statute is based on the MBCA. The Secretary of State provides general supervision over corporations.

SOUTH DAKOTA: The state corporation statute is based on the MBCA. The Secretary of State provides general supervision over corporations.

TENNESSEE: The Secretary of State provides general supervision over corporations.

TEXAS: The state corporation statute is based on the MBCA. The Secretary of State provides general supervision over corporations.

UTAH: The state corporation statute is based on the MBCA. The Division of Corporations and Commercial Code of the Department of Commerce provides general supervision over corporations.

VERMONT: The Secretary of State provides general supervision over corporations.

VIRGINIA: The state corporation statute is based on the MBCA. The Secretary of State provides general supervision over corporations.

WASHINGTON: The state corporation statute is based on the MBCA. The Secretary of State provides general supervision over corporations.

WEST VIRGINIA: The Secretary of State provides general supervision over corporations.

WISCONSIN: The state corporation statute is based on the MBCA. The Department of Financial Institutions provides general supervision over corporations.

WYOMING: The state corporation statute is based on the MBCA. The Secretary of State provides general supervision over corporations.


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