Now law: Dancer bill allows nonprofits to continue holding member meetings remotely

Now law: Dancer bill allows nonprofits to continue holding member meetings remotely

Ron Dancer

TRENTON, N.J. – Assemblyman Ron Dancer’s bill permanently permitting remote meetings for members of nonprofit corporations was signed into law on Monday.

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

“Nonprofits are operating for societal benefits 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 law that preserves an organization’s ability to continue working as they see fit.”

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

The law takes effect immediately.