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Section 3. (a) Except as otherwise provided in this chapter, a benefit corporation doing business in the commonwealth shall comply with all applicable laws regarding corporations, including chapters 156A and 156D. Chapter 156D shall apply to benefit corporations and they shall enjoy the powers and privileges and be subject to the duties, restrictions and liabilities of corporations organized under said chapter 156D except where inconsistent with this chapter. The existence of this chapter shall not excuse or exempt any business organized under the laws of the commonwealth from complying with all relevant laws and regulations in the commonwealth, except to the extent they are inconsistent with this chapter.

(b) The articles of organization, bylaws or shareholder agreement of a benefit corporation may not relax, be inconsistent with or supersede this chapter. A benefit corporation’s articles of organization, bylaws or shareholder agreement that is inconsistent with this chapter shall be void and unenforceable under this subsection and shall not render the entirety or remaining provisions of the articles of organization, bylaws or shareholder agreement void or unenforceable.

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