CHAPTER NO. 578
SENATE BILL NO. 2288
Substituted for: House Bill No. 2280
AN ACT To amend Tennessee Code Annotated, Title 48, Chapter 17, relative to shareholder proxies.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF TENNESSEE:
SECTION 1. Tennessee Code Annotated, Section 48-17-203, is amended by deleting subsection (b) in its entirety, and by substituting instead the following language:
(b) Without limiting the manner in which a shareholder may authorize another person or persons to act for the shareholder as proxy pursuant to this section, the following shall constitute a valid means by which a shareholder may grant such authority:
(1) A shareholder may execute a writing authorizing another person or persons to act for the shareholder as proxy. Execution may be accomplished by the shareholder personally signing such writing or by an attorney-in-fact in the case of an individual shareholder or by an authorized officer, director, employee, agent or attorney-in-fact in the case of any other shareholder signing such writing or causing the shareholder's signature to be affixed to such writing by any reasonable means, including, but not limited to, facsimile signature.
(2) A shareholder may authorize another person or persons to act for the shareholder as proxy by transmitting or authorizing the transmission of a telegram, cablegram, facsimile or other means of electronic transmission to the person who will be the holder of the proxy or to a proxy solicitation firm, proxy support service organization or like agent duly authorized by the person who will be the holder of the proxy to receive such transmission, provided that any such telegram, cablegram, facsimile or other means of electronic transmission shall either set forth or be submitted with information from which it can be determined that the telegram, cablegram, facsimile or other electronic transmission was authorized by the shareholder. If it is determined that such telegrams, cablegrams, facsimiles or other electronic transmissions are valid, the inspectors or, if there are no inspectors, such other persons making such determination shall specify the information upon which they relied.
(3) Any copy, facsimile transmission or other reliable reproduction of such writing or transmission may be substituted or used in lieu of the original writing or transmission for any and all purposes for which the original writing or transmission could be used; provided, that such copy, facsimile transmission or other reproduction shall be a complete reproduction of the entire original writing or transmission.
SECTION 2. This act shall take effect upon becoming a law, the public welfare requiring it.
PASSED: FEBRUARY 18, 1998
APPROVED this 25th day of February 1998