That this General Synod amend the Rules of Order as follows:
- 1. deleting section 17(d);
- 2. amending section 18(b) to read as follows:
-- b) The three Orders of Bishops, Clergy and Laity shall vote together unless a vote by Orders is required by the Constitution or called for pursuant to the Rules of Order. In order to be passed the motion shall require a majority of the votes cast, and abstentions shall not be counted in determining the majority.
- 3. amending section 18(d) to read as follows:
-- d) When voting by Orders, the vote shall be put to all members of General Synod regardless of the result in any order.
- 4. adding section 20(a.1) to read as follows:
--a.1) Ex officio and other non-diocesan members of General Synod shall vote with the diocese in which they are normally geographically resident for laity, or canonically resident, for clergy.
and this resolution shall come into effect upon Second Reading being given to Resolution A019 (Act 13).
Moved by: The Very Rev. Iain Luke
Seconded by: Canon Terry Leer
That Clause 4 be removed from the resolution.
Motion to table
Moved by: Mr. James Sweeney [sic i.e. Sweeny]
That the motion be tabled.
There being no seconder for the Motion to Table, consideration of the amendment continued.
That Rules of Order and Procedure 18 a) be amended by adding at the end thereof, the words:
"provided that any member who wishes to abstain from voting for reasons of conflict of interest shall be entitled to abstain on notifying the chairperson of his or her intention. Such abstentions and the names of the persons abstaining shall be recorded in the minutes"; and
that Rules of Order and Procedure 18 b) be amended by adding, at the end thereof, the words:
"and abstentions shall not be counted in determining the majority." CARRIED Act 36