§ 5914. Adoption of amendments.
(a) General rule.--Unless a bylaw adopted by the members or a specific provision of this subpart requires a greater vote, a proposed amendment of the articles of a nonprofit corporation shall be adopted upon receiving the affirmative vote of the members present entitled to cast at least a majority of the votes that all members present are entitled to cast thereon, and if any class of members is entitled to vote thereon as a class, the affirmative vote of the members present of such class entitled to cast at least a majority of the votes that all members present of such class are entitled to cast thereon. Any number of amendments may be submitted to the members and voted upon by them at one meeting.
(a.1) Adoption by board of directors or other body.--Unless otherwise restricted in the bylaws, an amendment of articles shall not require the approval of the members of the corporation if:
(1) the amendment is to provide for perpetual existence;
(2) to the extent the amendment has not been approved by the members, it restates without change all of the operative provisions of the articles as theretofore amended or as amended thereby; or
(3) the amendment accomplishes any combination of purposes specified in this subsection.
Whenever a provision of this subpart authorizes the board of directors or other body to take any action without the approval of the members and provides that a statement, certificate, plan or other document relating to such action shall be filed in the department and shall operate as an amendment of the articles, the board upon taking such action may, in lieu of filing the statement, certificate, plan or other document, amend the articles under this subsection without the approval of the members to reflect the taking of such action. The amendment shall be deemed adopted by the corporation when it has been adopted by the board of directors or other body in the manner provided by subsection (b).
(b) Adoption in absence of voting members.--If the corporation has no members entitled to vote thereon, or no members entitled to vote thereon other than persons who also constitute the board of directors or other body, the amendment shall be deemed adopted by the corporation when it has been adopted by the board of directors or other body pursuant to section 5912 (relating to proposal of amendments).
(c) Termination of proposal.--Prior to the time when an amendment becomes effective, the amendment may be terminated pursuant to provisions for amendment, if any, set forth in the resolution or petition. If articles of amendment have been filed in the department prior to the termination, a statement under section 5902 (relating to statement of termination) shall be filed in the department.
(d) Amendment of voting provisions.--Unless otherwise provided in the articles, whenever the articles require for the taking of any action by the members or a class of members a specific number or percentage of votes, the provision of the articles setting forth that requirement shall not be amended or repealed by any lesser number or percentage of votes of the members or of the class of members.
(Dec. 21, 1988, P.L.1444, No.177, eff. Oct. 1, 1989; July 9, 2013, P.L.476, No.67, eff. 60 days)
Cross References. Section 5914 is referred to in section 5757 of this title.Section: Previous 5902 5903 5904 5905 5911 5912 5913 5914 5915 5916 5921 5922 5923 5924 5925 Next
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