Massachusetts churches now have through July 15 to hold Annual Meetings remotely.
"During the pandemic, many churches have held remote Annual Meetings. For Massachusetts churches, this was allowable only because of an emergency declaration that expired December 31, 2021," said Dawn Hammond, Executive Minister for Policy and Finance. "However, Governor Charlie Baker recently signed into law an act allowing many Massachusetts nonprofit organizations to meet remotely through July 15, 2022."
"Generally, under MA law, nonprofit members can only vote in person or by proxy (and not remotely)," she said. "This legislation enables Massachusetts nonprofit corporations to hold virtual member meetings, as long as certain steps are followed, and the corporation's Articles of Organization do not prohibit such meetings."
As was the case during the pandemic, the law requires a nonprofit's Board to first vote to authorize the remote member meeting, after which members can be informed via notice.
For more information about the new MA law, see Section 27 of Chapter 22 of the Acts of 2022 go to the Mass Legislative website here and scroll down to section 27.
More information about remote decision-making in all three states can be found here.