Re: Fw: ACR 242

From: Douglas W. Jones <jones_at_cs_dot_uiowa_dot_edu>
Date: Mon Aug 09 2004 - 15:20:41 CDT

On Aug 9, 2004, at 12:26 AM, Alan Dechert wrote:

> Please join us in urging the CA Senate to pass ACR 242.

I have a question about this: Is our potential tax exempt status in
any way endangered by having the OVC, as the OVC, take a position
on legislation.

And, is it a problem is OVC resources, are used for this purpose,
and is the voting-project list an OVC resource.

And similarly, is the OVC's position as a possible subcontractor
in a large state-funded voting system's project in any way endangered
by the OVC taking positions on such legislation.

I ask these questions in complete ignorance of what exactly ACR 242
might be -- as a non-Californian, I cannot take the time to follow
all such developments.

It is my understanding that there is no risk if the OVC simply
informs people that some issue is pending, and no risk if the OVC
informs people of the potential impact of legislation on the OVC.
As I understand things, problems can arise if the OVC goes beyond
informing -- allowing readers to draw their own conclusions,
and begins urging people to act in one way or another on that
information.

Of course, if an officer of the OVC takes a personal position on
an issue, there is no problem, but as I understand things, people
need to distinguish between personal stands and OVC stands, and
this goes particularly for officers of the organization when they
are using communication channels that are generally used to
conduct the organizations business.

I am not a lawyer. A little bit of knowledge is a dangerous
thing. I have a little bit of knowledge, and it is just enough
to worry me. Someone who knows more ought to clarify what is and
is not proper.

                Doug Jones
                jones@cs.uiowa.edu
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