Nonprofits could continue meeting remotely under Dancer bill cleared by committee

Nonprofits could continue meeting remotely under Dancer bill cleared by committee

Ron Dancer

TRENTON, N.J. – Assemblyman Ron Dancer’s bill permanently permitting remote meetings for members of nonprofits was approved by the Assembly Financial Institutions and Insurance Committee on Monday.

The bill (A5549) 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 allowing more people to participate who may not otherwise due to scheduling conflicts or other matters. By permanently permitting remote meetings, New Jersey is going to give our nonprofits the ability to accommodate their members 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.

The Senate Commerce Committee unanimously passed a companion bill (S4112) last week.