K4AC Votes Against Bylaw Modification Designed To Keep Board Actions Secret

K4AC Votes Against Bylaw Modification Designed To Keep Board Actions Secret

Announcement Date: January 17, 2015

K4AC reported his vote to the members of his Division as follows:

Minute 28: (Rewrite of Bylaw 45—Passed) Bylaw 45 is the Conflicts of Interest Policy and was rewritten to clarify conflicts of interest. While I generally agreed with the rewrite, I voted against the motion because it states, “A Board Member or Vice Director may not disclose confidential information obtained by him or her relating to the League to any third person or entity”, but fails to define what “confidential information” is; it is not defined elsewhere in the Bylaws or Articles either.

When the Motion was proposed in advance of the Board Meeting, I unsuccessfully asked for the addition of a definition of “confidential information”. I brought it up again in the Board Meeting, but didn’t receive support.

One of the platforms I ran on was more openness of the Board and its actions. Without a definition of “confidential information” it is impossible to know with certainty what is “confidential information” that cannot be revealed and what is allowable to disclose.