General Conference Day Three: Legislative Committee Work

February 25, 2019

"Many wondered if we could address all of the petitions in one legislative day but today we were able to accomplish that. The delegates are very focused on the petitions and the votes consistently exemplify that. Thus far, the legislative committee has passed two petitions related to pension issues as well as two exit plans in addition to the traditional plan. This only moves these petitions to the plenary tomorrow where nothing is finalized until the votes are completed. There have been emotional moments, but I am proud of our delegation and how they have kept their composure. Tomorrow is a new day. Thank you to everyone who has been praying for all of us. We have felt your prayers."
-Dr. Steve Furr, Head of Delegation (laity)

In the News

Legislative Committee Work: The delegates continued their work of reviewing petitions, which were prioritized in yesterday's session. Complete details of amendments may be found in tomorrow's DCA and will be added on this link

The Traditional Plan: Up first on the agenda for the legislative voting body was The Traditional Plan (except 90041, 90048). This includes petitions numbers 90032-90040, 90042-90047 and can be found on pages 182-186,190-194 in the ADCA. An amendment to petition 90035 passed 451-375. The traditional plan passed in legislative committee with a vote count of 461-359. 

Disaffiliation - Taylor - NEW Par. 2553:
Petition 90066 is found on page 205 of the ADCA. The amendment to strike paragraph C, page 206, passed with a vote count of 599-223. An amendment to move point five above three on page 205 was proposed. It passed 478 to 343. Petition number 90066 passed with a vote count of 427 to 385.

Disaffiliation - Boyette - NEW Par. 2549:
Petition 90059 is found on page 201 of the ADCA. It was passed with a vote count of 425 to 392. 

One Church Plan (Except 90015):
Petitions 90001-90014 are found on page 164-168 of the ADCA. An amendment was passed with a vote count of 418 to 396 for petition 90008, page 166 in the ADCA, paragraph 340 changing shall to may. Amendment 90010 on page 166 in ADCA was passed with a vote count of 475 to 341 deleting wording in paragraph 415.6. not applying to laity. An amendment to petition 90013 on page 167 in the ADCA was passed with a vote of 404 to 403. The One Church Plan did not pass with a vote count of 386 to 436. 

Disaffiliation - Ottjes - NEW Par. 2548:
Petition number 90058 is on page 201 of the ADCA. This petition did not pass with a vote count of 172-634.

Approved Motions
A motion was approved to reject the remaining petitions except the Simple Plan. The vote count was 476 to 347. A motion was rejected to exclude the Connectional Conference Plan from the rejected petitions. The vote count was 272 to 519. The original motion to reject the remaining petitions (amended) was approved 734 to 64. A move to request a declaratory decision from the Judicial Council was made for a ruling on all petitions passed today, in the order they were passed. The required one-fifth vote was present with a count of 437 to 371.

A Simple Plan:
Petitions 90068-90075 are on pages 207-210 of the ADCA. The petitions did not pass with a vote count of 323 to 494. 

AWF Spiritual Directors: The Alabama-West Florida Spiritual Directors are available to anyone in our conference who would like prayer in the coming days. Click here and Rev. Ashley Davis, AWF Director of Connectional Ministries, will coordinate your request.

Legislative Tracking

Search for legislation submitted by petition number, keyword or submitter. As General Conference progresses, the information will be updated regarding the actions taken on each piece of legislation. Legislative tracking here

ADCA and Agenda

Advance Daily Christian Advocate: The Daily Christian Advocate (DCA) is the official journal of the General Conference of The United Methodist Church. It serves as the record of those who have been elected to serve as a delegate, the legislation submitted, and the decisions made by the General Conference. Click on the date to access each DCA. 
Saturday, February 23, 2019
Sunday, February 24, 2019
Monday, February 25, 2019

Tomorrow's agenda is below: 
8:00 – 8:20 A.M.

8:20 A.M. – 12:30 P.M.
Morning Session 1
Morning Session 2

12:30 – 1:30 P.M. Lunch

1:30 – 6:30 P.M.
Afternoon Session 1
Afternoon Session 2
Closing Worship

6:30 P.M. Final Adjournment


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Saturday, February 23, 2019
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