Black Hills 8-K 2010
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549
PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE
SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported) January 28, 2010
BLACK HILLS CORPORATION
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
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Item 5.03 Amendments to Articles of Incorporation or Bylaws; Change in Fiscal Year.
On January 28, 2010, the Board of Directors of the Company (the Board) adopted amendments to the Company’s Bylaws (the “Bylaws”).
The Board removed the director stock ownership guidelines from Article II, Section 3 of the Bylaws and added the director stock ownership guideline to the Board’s Corporate Governance Guidelines. This change allows the Board more flexibility to change the stock ownership guidelines in the future as market conditions change. At the same time the Board increased the director stock ownership guideline from 4,000 shares to 7,500 shares. The new director stock ownership requirement set forth in the Board’s Corporate Governance Guidelines is as follows:
In addition, the Board eliminated the requirement for an Executive Committee from Article III of the Bylaws. The primary role of the Executive Committee was to act on matters that the Chairman deemed to constitute an emergency, such that appropriate action could not be postponed until the next regular Board meeting, or as to which a special meeting was not practicable. Due to electronic technology that is available today, it is feasible to call a special meeting of the Board in these situations and the Executive Committee is no longer necessary.
Additional minor amendments and conforming changes were made that do not materially affect the substance of the Bylaws.
The Amended and Restated Bylaws are attached as Exhibit 3 to this Form 8-K and are incorporated herein by reference.
Item 9.01 Financial Statements and Exhibits.
The following exhibits are furnished or filed herewith:
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the Registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.