SB 522

  • California Senate Bill
  • 2019-2020 Regular Session
  • Introduced in Senate Feb 21, 2019
  • Passed Senate Jan 23, 2020
  • Passed Assembly Aug 30, 2020
  • Signed by Governor Sep 30, 2020

Business entities: filings.

Abstract

Existing law, namely the General Corporation Law, the Social Purpose Corporations Act, the Nonprofit Public Benefit Corporation Law, the Nonprofit Mutual Benefit Corporation Law, the Nonprofit Religious Corporation Law, and the Cooperative Corporation Law, among other things, prohibits the Secretary of State from filing articles of incorporation that set forth a name likely to mislead the public or that is the same as, or so similar as tends to deceive, the name of specified domestic and foreign corporations, except that a corporation is authorized to adopt a name that is substantially the same as a specified existing domestic or foreign corporation, upon proof of consent by that corporation and a finding by the secretary that the public, under the circumstances, is unlikely to be misled. This bill would eliminate the above-described exception. Existing law, the Moscone-Knox Professional Corporation Act, exempts a domestic or foreign professional corporation's name from specified naming requirements in the General Corporation Law as long as the name of the professional corporation contains, and is restricted to, the name or last name of specified persons, including, but not limited to, present, prospective, or former shareholders. The act prohibits the Secretary of State from using specified naming requirements in the General Corporation Law to refuse to file articles of incorporation or issue a certificate of qualification, as applicable, that sets forth a name that does not comply with those requirements. However, under existing law, the name is prohibited from being substantially the same as the name of a domestic corporation, the name of a foreign corporation qualified to render professional services in this state that is authorized to transact business in this state, or a name that is under reservation for another corporation. This bill would delete the exemption and make the domestic and foreign professional corporations subject to the naming requirements of the General Corporation Law. Existing law, the Uniform Limited Partnership Act of 2008, requires the name of a limited partnership be distinguishable from the names of other domestic and foreign limited partnerships that have previously filed a certificate or registered, as applicable, with the Secretary of State and from reserved names. An exemption to these requirements authorizes a limited partnership to apply to the Secretary for authorization to use a name that does not comply with those requirements, and the Secretary is required to authorize the use of the noncomplying name if certain conditions are met. This bill would delete the exception and would prohibit the name from being one that the Secretary determines is likely to mislead the public. The bill would also authorize enjoining the use of a name violating these provisions notwithstanding the Secretary filing the certificate of limited partnership. Existing law, the California Revised Uniform Limited Liability Company Act, prohibits the name of a limited liability company from being one that the Secretary of State determines is likely to mislead the public and requires the name to be distinguishable from the names of other domestic and foreign limited liability companies that are authorized to transact business in this state and from reserved names. An exemption to this prohibition authorizes a limited liability company to apply to the Secretary for authorization to use a name that does not comply with those requirements, and the Secretary is required to authorize the use of the noncomplying name if certain conditions are met. This bill would delete the exception and would also authorize enjoining the use of a name violating these provisions notwithstanding the Secretary of State filing the limited liability company's articles. Existing law specifies the formal requirements for filings with the Secretary of State by general, nonprofit, sole organized, and cooperative corporations. This bill would require, with respect to general, nonprofit, and cooperative corporations, that general filings with the Secretary of State contain the corporate name and number as they appear in the Secretary of State's records. This bill would impose similar requirements for the filings of amendments to articles of incorporation and declarations of dissolution by sole organized corporations.

Bill Sponsors (1)

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Sep 30, 2020

California State Legislature

Chaptered by Secretary of State. Chapter 361, Statutes of 2020.

California State Legislature

Approved by the Governor.

Sep 08, 2020

California State Legislature

Enrolled and presented to the Governor at 2 p.m.

Aug 30, 2020

Senate

In Senate. Concurrence in Assembly amendments pending.

Senate

Assembly amendments concurred in. (Ayes 39. Noes 0.) Ordered to engrossing and enrolling.

Senate

Ordered to special consent calendar.

Assembly

Read third time. Passed. (Ayes 75. Noes 0. Page 5282.) Ordered to the Senate.

Aug 19, 2020

Assembly

Read second time. Ordered to consent calendar.

Aug 18, 2020

Assembly

From committee: Do pass. Ordered to consent calendar. (Ayes 18. Noes 0.) (August 18).

Aug 12, 2020

Assembly

From committee: Do pass and re-refer to Com. on APPR. with recommendation: To consent calendar. (Ayes 12. Noes 0.) (August 12). Re-referred to Com. on APPR.

  • Committee-Passage-Favorable
  • Committee-Passage
  • Referral-Committee
Com. on APPR.

Jul 27, 2020

Assembly

From committee with author's amendments. Read second time and amended. Re-referred to Com. on B. & F.

  • Reading-1
  • Reading-2
  • Amendment-Passage
  • Committee-Passage
  • Referral-Committee
Com. on B. & F.

Assembly

July 27 hearing postponed by committee.

Jun 18, 2020

Assembly

Referred to Com. on B. & F.

  • Referral-Committee
Com. on B. & F.

Jan 23, 2020

Assembly

In Assembly. Read first time. Held at Desk.

Senate

Read third time. Passed. (Ayes 37. Noes 0. Page 3130.) Ordered to the Assembly.

Jan 22, 2020

Senate

Read second time. Ordered to third reading.

Jan 21, 2020

Senate

From committee: Be ordered to second reading pursuant to Senate Rule 28.8.

Jan 16, 2020

Senate

Set for hearing January 21.

Jan 15, 2020

Senate

From committee: Do pass and re-refer to Com. on APPR. (Ayes 5. Noes 0. Page 3098.) (January 15). Re-referred to Com. on APPR.

  • Committee-Passage-Favorable
  • Committee-Passage
  • Referral-Committee
Com. on APPR.

Senate

From committee with author's amendments. Read second time and amended. Re-referred to Com. on APPR.

  • Reading-1
  • Reading-2
  • Amendment-Passage
  • Committee-Passage
  • Referral-Committee
Com. on APPR.

Jan 14, 2020

Senate

From committee: Do pass and re-refer to Com. on B. & F.I. (Ayes 8. Noes 0. Page 3088.) (January 14). Re-referred to Com. on B. & F.I.

  • Committee-Passage-Favorable
  • Committee-Passage
  • Referral-Committee
Com. on B. & F.I.

Jan 08, 2020

Senate

Set for hearing January 15 in B. & F.I. pending receipt.

Senate

Set for hearing January 14.

Jan 06, 2020

Senate

From committee with author's amendments. Read second time and amended. Re-referred to Com. on RLS.

  • Reading-1
  • Reading-2
  • Amendment-Passage
  • Committee-Passage
  • Referral-Committee
Com. on RLS.

Senate

Re-referred to Coms. on JUD. and B. & F.I.

  • Referral-Committee
Coms. on JUD. and B. & F.I.

Mar 07, 2019

Senate

Referred to Com. on RLS.

  • Referral-Committee
Com. on RLS.

Feb 22, 2019

Senate

From printer. May be acted upon on or after March 24.

Feb 21, 2019

Senate

Introduced. Read first time. To Com. on RLS. for assignment. To print.

Bill Text

Bill Text Versions Format
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02/21/19 - Introduced PDF
01/06/20 - Amended Senate PDF
01/15/20 - Amended Senate PDF
07/27/20 - Amended Assembly PDF
09/02/20 - Enrolled PDF
09/30/20 - Chaptered PDF

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