Conflicts of Interest

Any Executive Board member, officer, employee or committee member having an interest in a contract or other transaction or determination presented to the Executive Board or a committee of the organization for recommendation, authorization, approval or ratification shall give prompt, full and frank disclosure of such interest to the Executive Board or committee prior to its acting on such contract or transaction. As a Democratic Party organization, neither YDM nor its local member chapters shall endorse candidates in Democratic Party primary elections unless the candidate is unopposed, or unless the Democratic Party of Maryland has endorsed said candidate or unless the above mentioned criteria have been met. Should any of the aforementioned members be employed by a candidate in a Democratic primary, that employment must be disclosed.

The body to which such disclosure is made shall thereupon determine, by majority vote, whether the disclosure shows that a conflict of interest exists or can be reasonably be construed to exist. If a conflict is found to exist, such person may not vote on, exert personal influence upon, or participate in discussion of (other than to present factual information or to respond to questions in the discussions or deliberations with respect to such contact, transaction, or determination) the issue. Such a person may not be counted in determining the existence of a quorum during the discussion of the disclosed issue at any meeting where the contract, transaction, or determination is under discussion or is being voted upon.

The minutes of the meeting shall reflect the disclosure made the vote thereon and, where applicable, the abstention from voting and participation.


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