Dancer bill allowing nonprofits to continue to meet remotely goes to governor

Dancer bill allowing nonprofits to continue to meet remotely goes to governor

Ron Dancer

TRENTON, N.J. – The Assembly and Senate approved and advanced Assemblyman Ron Dancer’s bill permanently permitting remote meetings for members of nonprofits on Monday.

The bill (A5549/S4112) amends current law, which allows nonprofits to meet remotely only in declared states of emergency, to give organizations more flexibility and members more accessibility.

“Nonprofits are operating for societal benefit and nothing should stop them from conducting business for the good of the people,” Dancer (R-Ocean) said. “The pandemic has proven that remote meetings are practical and beneficial. Technology has increased opportunities for engagement by accommodating members who may not be able to make an in-person meeting. This is a commonsense bill that preserves an organization’s ability to continue working as they see fit.”

Under the bill, boards of nonprofits would be required to authorize and adopt guidelines and procedures governing remote meetings. Members participating remotely would retain the right to vote and be deemed present.

If the governor signs the law, it would take effect immediately.