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17-4604. Powers. In addition to the powers conferred on all corporations under article 61 of chapter 17 of the Kansas Statutes Annotated, a cooperative shall have power to:

(a) Sue and be sued in its corporate name;

(b) have perpetual existence;

(c) adopt a corporate seal and alter the same;

(d) generate, manufacture, purchase, acquire, accumulate and transmit electric energy, and to distribute, sell, supply, and dispose of electric energy to its members, and to governmental agencies, political subdivisions, and to other persons, who are not receiving central station service from facilities of existing public utilities;

(e) assist its members, governmental agencies, political subdivisions and other persons to whom electric energy or other services are or will be supplied by the cooperative, in wiring their premises and in acquiring, installing and financing electrical and plumbing appliances, equipment, fixtures and apparatus and such corporations may purchase, acquire, lease as lessor or lessee and sell electric and plumbing appliances, equipment, fixtures and apparatus also including, but not limited to, electrical equipment or systems which produce or convert energy or cause more efficient utilization of energy;

(f) construct, purchase, lease, and to equip, maintain and operate, and to sell, assign, convey, lease, mortgage, pledge or encumber electric transmission and distribution lines or systems, electric generating plants, and lands, buildings, structures, dams, easements and rights-of-way, equipment, and any other real or personal property, tangible or intangible, necessary to accomplish the purpose for which the cooperative may be organized hereunder;

(g) purchase, lease as lessee, or otherwise acquire, and to use, and exercise and to sell, assign, convey, mortgage, pledge or otherwise dispose of or encumber, franchises, rights, privileges, licenses and easements;

(h) borrow money and otherwise contract indebtedness, and to issue notes, bonds, and other evidences of indebtedness, and to secure the payment thereof by mortgage, pledge, or deed of trust of, or any other encumbrance upon, any or all of its then-owned or after-acquired real or personal property, assets, franchises, revenues or income;

(i) construct, maintain and operate electric transmission and distribution lines along, upon, under and across publicly owned lands and public thoroughfares, roads, highways, streets, alleys, bridges and causeways in conformity with the laws of the state of Kansas;

(j) exercise the power of eminent domain in the manner provided by the laws of this state for the exercise of such power by other corporations constructing or operating electric transmission and distribution lines or systems;

(k) become an incorporator, promoter, manager, member, stockholder or owner of other corporations or cooperatives, and conduct its business and exercise its powers within this state and to participate with other persons in any corporation, cooperative, partnership, limited partnership, joint venture or other association of any kind, or in any transaction, undertaking or arrangement which the participating person would have power to conduct by itself, whether or not such participation involves sharing or delegation of control with or to others;

(l) adopt, amend and repeal bylaws; and

(m) do and perform any other acts and things, and to have and exercise any other powers which may be necessary, to accomplish the purpose for which the cooperative is organized.

History: L. 1941, ch. 185, § 4; L. 1978, ch. 81, § 1; L. 1986, ch. 92, § 2; July 1.


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