State by State Status of Legislation

31 Laws Passed 8 Working on it

West Virginia

Benefit Corporation Legislation

Status: Passed
Effective Date: July 14, 2014
Legislation:
Sponsors: Senator John Unger
Key Supporters:
How to Become an West Virginia Benefit Corporation

Washington, DC

Benefit Corporation Legislation

Status: Passed
Effective Date: May 1, 2013
Legislation:
Sponsors: Chairman Mendelsohn, Councilmember Cheh, Councilmember M. Brown
Key Supporters: Jim Epstein, EFO Capital Management; Laura Jordan, The Capital Law Firm; Amy Kincaid, Change Matters; Andy Shallal, Busboys & Poets
How to Become an Washington, DC Benefit Corporation

Virginia

Benefit Corporation Legislation

Status: Passed
Effective Date: July 1, 2011
Legislation:
Sponsors: Delegate McClellan, Delegate Brink, Delegate Cline, Delegate Dance, Delegate Herring, Delegate Kory, Delegate Lingamfelter
Key Supporters:
How to Become an Virginia Benefit Corporation

Vermont

Benefit Corporation Legislation

Status: Passed
Effective Date: July 1, 2011
Legislation:
Sponsors: Sen. Shumlin, Sen. Miller
Key Supporters: VBSR, VEOC, Merritt & Merritt & Moulton
How to Become an Vermont Benefit Corporation

Utah

Benefit Corporation Legislation

Status: Passed
Effective Date: May 13, 2014
Legislation:
Sponsors: Senator John Valentine
Key Supporters:
How to Become an Utah Benefit Corporation

Tennessee

Benefit Corporation Legislation

Status: Passed
Effective Date: January 1, 2016
Legislation:
Sponsors: Representative Powell and Senator Dickerson
Key Supporters:
How to Become an Tennessee Benefit Corporation

South Carolina

Benefit Corporation Legislation

Status: Passed
Effective Date: June 14, 2012
Legislation:
Sponsors: Rep. Stringer, Rep. Weeks, Sen. Sheheen
Key Supporters: South Carolina Chamber of Commerce
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Rhode Island

Benefit Corporation Legislation

Status: Passed
Effective Date: January 1, 2014
Legislation:
Sponsors: Representative Tanzi, Representative Blazejewski, Representative Ajello, Representative O`Grady, and Representative Valencia
Key Supporters:
How to Become an Rhode Island Benefit Corporation

Pennsylvania

Benefit Corporation Legislation

Status: Passed
Effective Date: January 1, 2013
Legislation:
Sponsors: Rep. Denlinger, Rep. DePasquale, Rep. Cutler, Rep. Bloom, Rep. Boyd, Rep. Briggs, Rep. Cohen, Rep. Creighton, Repr. Daley, Rep. Fleck, Rep. Gabler, Rep. Geist, Rep. Grove, Rep. Hickernell, Rep. Killion, Rep Longietti, Rep. Milne, Rep. Murt, Rep. Pyle, Re
Key Supporters: SBN Philadelphia and the Fay-Penn Economic Development Council, Vertex, Dansko, and Ben Franklin Technology Partners
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Oregon

Benefit Corporation Legislation

Status: Passed
Effective Date: January 1, 2014
Legislation:
Sponsors: Secretary of State Kate Brown, Representative Tobias Read, Representative Jules Bailey
Key Supporters: Metropolitan Group, Equilibrium Capital Group, Pinpoint Logic, gDiapers, Better World Club, Celilo Group Media, Hawthorne Auto Clinic, Inc., Eleek, Bamboo Sushi, Brightworks, Celia Mueller CFP, PlanGreen, Diane Dulken Strategies, Eleven Wireless, Resource

Secretary of State Press Release

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Oklahoma

Benefit Corporation Legislation

Status: Working on it
Effective Date:
Legislation:
Sponsors: Senator Holt, Representative Ben Loring
Key Supporters:

New York

Benefit Corporation Legislation

Status: Passed
Effective Date: February 10, 2012
Legislation:
Sponsors: Speaker Silver, Sen. Squadron
Key Supporters: ASBC, Buffalo First, Local First Ithaca, NYS B Corps, Singlebrook Technology

Speaker's Press Release

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New Mexico

Benefit Corporation Legislation

Status: Working on it
Effective Date:
Legislation:
Sponsors: Representative Cook
Key Supporters: New Mexico Green Chamber of Commerce

New Jersey

Benefit Corporation Legislation

Status: Passed
Effective Date: February 23, 2015
Legislation:
Sponsors: Sen. Ruiz, Sen. Kean Jr., Assemblymember Wagner, Assemblymember Stender, Assemblymember O'Donnell
Key Supporters: Natural Systems Utilities
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New Hampshire

Benefit Corporation Legislation

Status: Passed
Effective Date: January 1, 2015
Legislation:
Sponsors: Senator Molly Kelly, Jeb Bradley, Andrew Hosmer and Sylvia Larsen.
Key Supporters:
How to Become an New Hampshire Benefit Corporation

Nevada

Benefit Corporation Legislation

Status: Passed
Effective Date: January 1, 2014
Legislation:
Sponsors: Assemblyman Bobzien
Key Supporters: The Nevada Secretary of State, The Nevada Governor's Office of Economic Development, The City of Reno, The Sierra Club, The Nevada Conservation League, The Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada, The Nevada Renewable Energy Accelerator, The Reno Chambe
How to Become an Nevada Benefit Corporation

Nebraska

Benefit Corporation Legislation

Status: Passed
Effective Date: July 18, 2014
Legislation:
Sponsors: Danielle Nantkes Conrad
Key Supporters:
How to Become an Nebraska Benefit Corporation

Montana

Benefit Corporation Legislation

Status: Passed
Effective Date: July 1, 2015
Legislation:
Sponsors: Representative Williams
Key Supporters: West Paw Design
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Mississippi

Benefit Corporation Legislation

Status: Working on it
Effective Date:
Legislation:
Sponsors: Representative Orlando Paden
Key Supporters:

Minnesota

Benefit Corporation Legislation

Status: Passed
Effective Date: January 1, 2015
Legislation:
Sponsors: Senators John Marty, Jim Carlson and Ron Latz. Representatives John Lesch, Linda Runbeck, Tim Mahoney, Debra Hilstrom and Zachary Dorholt.
Key Supporters:
How to Become an Minnesota Benefit Corporation

Massachusetts

Benefit Corporation Legislation

Status: Passed
Effective Date: December 1, 2012
Legislation:
Sponsors: Senator Joyce
Key Supporters: Preserve, Social(k), Dimagi
How to Become an Massachusetts Benefit Corporation

Maryland

Benefit Corporation Legislation

Status: Passed
Effective Date: October 1, 2010
Legislation:
Sponsors: Sen. Raskin, Sen. Frosh, Sen. Feldman
Key Supporters: Jim Epstein, Michael Shuman
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Louisiana

Benefit Corporation Legislation

Status: Passed
Effective Date: August 1, 2012
Legislation:
Sponsors: Rep. Leger, Rep. Ortego
Key Supporters: New Orleans Business Alliance
How to Become an Louisiana Benefit Corporation

Kentucky

Benefit Corporation Legislation

Status: Working on it
Effective Date:
Legislation:
Sponsors: Representative Jerry Miller
Key Supporters: Greater Louisville Chamber of Commerce

Kansas

Benefit Corporation Legislation

Status: Working on it
Effective Date:
Legislation:
Sponsors:
Key Supporters: Kansas Bar Association

Iowa

Benefit Corporation Legislation

Status: Working on it
Effective Date:
Legislation:
Sponsors: Representative Isenhart
Key Supporters: Iowa Bar Association

Indiana

Benefit Corporation Legislation

Status: Passed
Effective Date: July 1, 2015
Legislation:
Sponsors: Representative Casey Cox
Key Supporters:
How to Become an Indiana Benefit Corporation

Illinois

Benefit Corporation Legislation

Status: Passed
Effective Date: January 1, 2013
Legislation:
Sponsors: Sen. Frerichs, Sen. Noland, Sen. Collins, Sen. Steans, Rep. Feigenholtz, Rep. Sente, Rep. Thapedi, Rep. Zalewski, Rep. Barickman
Key Supporters: UL, LLC (Underwriters Laboratories)
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Idaho

Benefit Corporation Legislation

Status: Passed
Effective Date: July 1, 2015
Legislation:
Sponsors: The Commerce and Human Resources Committee
Key Supporters:
How to Become an Idaho Benefit Corporation

Hawaii

Benefit Corporation Legislation

Status: Passed
Effective Date: July 8, 2011
Legislation:
Sponsors: Sen. Ihara, Sen. Chun Oakland, Sen. Green, Sen. Solomon, Sen. Espero, Sen. Fukunaga, Sen. Gabbard, Sen. Galuteria, Sen. Ige, Sen. Nishihara, Sen. Ryan, Sen. Slom, Sen. Taniguchi, Sen. Tokuda, Sen. Wakai, Rep. C. Lee, Rep. Browner, Rep. Carroll, Rep. Evans
Key Supporters: Gary Hooser
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Georiga

Benefit Corporation Legislation

Status: Working on it
Effective Date:
Legislation:
Sponsors: Representative Evans, Representative Holcomb, Representative Kelley, Representative Oliver, Representative Willard
Key Supporters:

Florida

Benefit Corporation Legislation

Status: Passed
Effective Date: July 1, 2014
Legislation:
Sponsors: Senator Jeff Clemens, Representative Patrick Rooney, Jr.
Key Supporters: The Florida Bar
How to Become an Florida Benefit Corporation

Delaware

Benefit Corporation Legislation

Status: Passed
Effective Date: August 1, 2013
Legislation:
Sponsors: Senator Sokola
Key Supporters: B Lab
How to Become an Delaware Benefit Corporation

Connecticut

Benefit Corporation Legislation

Status: Passed
Effective Date: October 1, 2014
Legislation:
Sponsors: Sen. Donald E. Williams, Sen. Martin M. Looney, Rep. J. Brendan Sharkey, Rep. Joe Aresimowicz
Key Supporters:
How to Become an Connecticut Benefit Corporation

Colorado

Benefit Corporation Legislation

Status: Passed
Effective Date: April 1, 2014
Legislation:
Sponsors: Representative Lee and Senator Kefalas
Key Supporters: The Alliance for a Sustainable Colorado, UL, LLC (Underwriters Laboratories) SB 182, UL, LLC (Underwrtiers Laboratories) SB 003, Green America

Benefit Corporation in Colorado may require you to register under the Colorado Charitable Solicitations Act. This was a determination made by the Secretary of State's Office, so please ensure your counsel reaches out to the Secretary of State before making the transition to benefit corp status. We are working with interested parties to clarify this position and ensure that Colorado requires the same the procedures as other states where the legislation has passed.*

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California

Benefit Corporation Legislation

Status: Passed
Effective Date: January 1, 2012
Legislation:
Sponsors: Assemblymember Huffman
Key Supporters: American Sustainable Business Council, Jonathan Storper, Donald Simon, John Montgomery, SVN, SB-Cal, New Voice of Business, Green Chamber of Commerce, Green America, CAMEO, CAC, Build It Green, ASBC, ACE, CAC, Bay Area Council, Montgomery &
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Arkansas

Benefit Corporation Legislation

Status: Passed
Effective Date: July 27, 2013
Legislation:
Sponsors: Representative David Whitaker and Representative Deborah Ferguson
Key Supporters:
How to Become an Arkansas Benefit Corporation

Arizona

Benefit Corporation Legislation

Status: Passed
Effective Date: December 31, 2014
Legislation:
Sponsors: Rep. Tom Forese, Rep. Justin Pierce, Rep. Bob Thorpe.
Key Supporters: Seed Spot
How to Become an Arizona Benefit Corporation

Alaska

Benefit Corporation Legislation

Status: Working on it
Effective Date:
Legislation:
Sponsors: Representative Kito
Key Supporters: