Article II

ARTICLE II – MEMBERSHIP SUSPENSION & TERMINATION


Section 2.01 – Suspension: Reinstatement. Upon its failure, after the expiration of the initial time limit prescribed either in a specific notice to it to pay any amounts due the cooperative or to cease any other non-compliance with the member's membership obligations, a person's membership shall automatically be suspended; and it shall not during such suspension be entitled to receive electric service from the cooperative or to cast a vote at any meeting of the members. Payment of all amounts due the cooperative, including any additional charges required for such reinstatement, and/or cessation of any other noncompliance with the member's membership obligations within the final time limit provided in such notice shall automatically reinstate the membership, in which event the member shall thereafter be entitled to receive electric service from the cooperative and to vote at the meetings of its members.

Section 2.02 – Termination by Expulsion; Renewed Membership. Upon failure of a suspended member to be automatically reinstated to membership, as provided in Section 2.01, within ninety (90) days of such suspension, the membership is terminated and the member is expelled without further notice.

Section 2.03 – Termination by Withdrawal or Resignation. A member may withdraw from membership by submitting a resignation or by (a) ceasing to own or directly occupy or use all premises being furnished electric service pursuant to its membership or (b) abandoning totally and permanently the use of central station electric service on such premises.

Section 2.04 – Termination by Death or Cessation of Existence; Continuation of Membership in Remaining or New Partners. Except as provided in Section 2.06, the death of an individual human member shall automatically terminate its membership. The cessation of the legal existence of any other type of member shall automatically terminate such membership: PROVIDED, that upon the dissolution for any reason of a partnership, or upon the death, withdrawal or addition of any individual partner, such membership shall continue to be held by such remaining and/or new partner(s) as continue to own or to directly occupy or use the premises being furnished electric service pursuant to such membership in the same manner and to the same effect as though such membership had never been held by different partners: PROVIDED FURTHER, that neither a withdrawing partner nor its estate shall be released from any debts then due the cooperative.

Section 2.05 – Effect of Termination. Upon the termination in any manner of a person's membership, the decedent's estate, shall be entitled to a refund of any service security deposit, paid the cooperative less any amounts due the cooperative; but shall not be released from any debts or other obligations then remaining due the cooperative. Notwithstanding the suspension or expulsion of a member, as provided for in Sections 2.01 and 2.02, such suspension or expulsion shall not constitute a release of said member from its membership obligations as to entitle it to purchase from any other person any central station electric power and energy for use at the premises to which service has theretofore been furnished by the cooperative pursuant to such membership.

Section 2.06 – Effect of Death, Legal Separation or Divorce Upon a Joint Membership. Upon the death of either spouse of a joint membership, such membership shall continue to be held solely by the survivor, in the same manner and to the same effect as though such membership had never been joint: PROVIDED, that the estate of the deceased spouse shall not be released from any debts due the cooperative. Upon the legal separation or divorce of the holders of a joint membership, such membership shall continue from the date of the divorce to be held solely by the one who continues to directly occupy or use the premises covered by such membership in the same manner and to the same effect as though such membership had never been joint: PROVIDED, that the other spouse shall not be released from any debts due the cooperative.

Section 2.07 – Acceptance of Members Retroactively. Upon discovery that the cooperative has been furnishing electric service to any person other than a member, it may cease furnishing such service unless such person applies for membership in member's name. Upon discovery that the cooperative has been furnishing electric service to any person who was formerly a member in bad standing under the name of another person, it may cease furnishing such service unless such person applies for membership in its own name and pays all amounts due the cooperative.

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