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§ 11-139.3. Meetings conducted by telephone conference, video conference, or similar electronic...

West's Annotated Code of MarylandReal PropertyEffective: June 1, 2021

West's Annotated Code of Maryland
Real Property (Refs & Annos)
Title 11. Maryland Condominium Act (Refs & Annos)
Effective: June 1, 2021
MD Code, Real Property, § 11-139.3
§ 11-139.3. Meetings conducted by telephone conference, video conference, or similar electronic means
Authorization; equipment requirements; notice of meeting
(a)(1) Notwithstanding language contained in the governing documents of the council of unit owners, the board of directors may authorize any meetings of the council of unit owners, the board of directors, or a committee of the council of unit owners or the board of directors to be conducted or attended by telephone conference, video conference, or similar electronic means.
(2) If a meeting is conducted by telephone conference, video conference, or similar electronic means, the equipment or system used must permit any unit owner, board member, or committee member in attendance to hear and be heard by all others participating in the meeting.
(3) A link or instructions on how to access the meeting by telephone conference, video conference, or similar electronic means shall be included in the notice of the meeting.
(4) No specific authorization from unit owners shall be required to hold a meeting electronically.
Present for quorum and voting purposes
(b) Any unit owner, board member, or committee member attending a meeting by telephone conference, video conference, or similar electronic means shall be deemed present for quorum and voting purposes.
Voting; ballots
(c)(1)(i) Any matter requiring a vote of the council of unit owners may be set by the board of directors for a vote at the meeting, and a ballot may be delivered to unit owners with notice of the meeting.
(ii) Only those unit owners present during the telephone conference, video conference, or similar electronic meeting shall be authorized to vote by ballot in accordance with this subsection.
(iii) Unit owners who are not present at the meeting may:
1. Vote by proxy in accordance with the requirements of the governing documents and this title; and
2. Be considered present for quorum purposes through their proxy.
(2)(i) The board of directors may set a reasonable deadline for return of a ballot to the council of unit owners, including return by electronic transmission.
(ii) The deadline for return of the ballot shall be not later than 24 hours after the conclusion of the meeting.
Nominations from floor at meeting not required
(d) Notwithstanding language contained in the governing documents of the council of unit owners, nominations from the floor at the meeting are not required if at least one candidate has been nominated to fill each open board position.
Validity of meeting
(e) The inability of a unit owner to join a meeting due to technical difficulties with the unit owner's telephone, computer, or other electronic device does not invalidate the meeting or any action taken at the meeting.

Credits

Added by Acts 2021, c. 523, § 1, eff. June 1, 2021; Acts 2021, c. 524, § 1, eff. June 1, 2021. Amended by Acts 2021, c. 109, § 5.
MD Code, Real Property, § 11-139.3, MD REAL PROP § 11-139.3
Current with all legislation from the 2021 Regular Session of the General Assembly. Some statute sections may be more current, see credits for details.
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