General Conference Says No to Rule 44

After a long morning of debate, mostly regarding parliamentary procedure, the assembled delegates of General Conference 2016 voted down proposed Rule 44. The Rule was created and recommended by the Commission on General Conference as an alternative to using Robert's Rules of Order to deal with contentious legislation. If Rule 44 had passed, some legislation would have been gone through a small group process designed to encourage dialogue.

With the rules finally set, the General Conference has moved on to business.

Read more at UMC.org: GC2016 delegates say no to Rule 44

Rio Texas delegate Carol Loeb chairs a subcommittee of the General Conference Legislative Committee. Photo: Virgilio Vasquez Garza

Rio Texas delegate Carol Loeb chairs a subcommittee of the General Conference Legislative Committee. Photo: Virgilio Vasquez Garza

Much of today will be dedicated to the meeting of the Legislative Committees. The committees receive petitions and proposals, debate them, and determine whether to approve, amend, combine or disapprove them for recommendation to the full body of General Conference.

 

Read more about the legislative process at UMC.org: GC2016: About the Legislative Process