Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Assembly Reduces Power of Permanent Committees

A problem that became increasingly apparent at previous General Assemblies was that when Presbyteries sent overtures to GA the Stated Clerk would direct the overtures to the Permanent Committee to which the overture was addressed. That meant that if a presbytery was trying to address a perceived problem in the permanent committee, then the permanent committee could revise the overture before it went to the floor of the GA. This created the problem last year with Overture 9, which MTW changed before sending it on. With the new rules, all overtures must go to the Overtures Committee, which is more a disinterested third party. This is a very good change indeed.
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