2014 Special Orders

Special Order #1: Consent Calendar
Special Order #2: Committee on Resolutions
Special Order #3: Committee on Canons
Special Order #4: Budget & Financial Resolutions
Special Order #5: Committee Reports (Excluding Canons and Resolutions)


Special Order #1: Consent Calendar

The Committee on Dispatch of Business moves the unanimous adoption of the following Consent Calendar as the first item of business following the Bishop’s Address:

1. The Consent Calendar shall consist of the adoption of the following:

a. The Agenda of the 165th Convention of the Diocese of California, as published.
b. Special Order #2, Report of the Committee on Resolutions.
c. Special Order #3, Report of the Committee on Canons.
d. Special Order #4, Budget & Financial Resolutions.
e. Special Order #5, Committee Reports.
f. Proposed changes to the Rules of Order, as published.
g. Approval of the Bishop’s appointments to the Commission on Ministry.
h. Approval of the Bishop’s appointments to the Personnel Practices Committee.
i. Amendment to Canon 8.01 contained in the motion titled “Term of Office of Deanery Representatives on the Executive Council.” 
j. Amendment to Canon 8.05 contained in the motion titled “Technical Correction.”
k. Resolution #2, titled “Laying the Groundwork for an Episcopal State Public Policy Network in California.”
l. Resolution #5, titled “Climate Change.”

2. Provided that, if any member requests that any of the above matters be removed from the Consent Calendar, the President shall order that matter removed and placed in the Agenda at a suitable time.

3. And provided that, after the President has announced the adoption of this Special Order, any such requests for removal of matters from the Consent Calendar shall be out of order.


Special Order #2: Committee on Resolutions

The Committee on Dispatch of Business moves that the Report of the Committee on Resolutions be governed by the following Special Order:

1. The Committee shall have five minutes to file with the Convention those resolutions which have been considered by the Deaneries (Rule 1.3), and received any amendments thereto.

2. Opportunity then shall be given for members of Convention to seek 2/3 consent of the House for consideration of other resolutions. Debate on a motion to consider an additional resolution shall be limited to five minutes, during which time no speaker shall be allowed more than two minutes. Such debate shall be confined to the advisability of considering an additional resolution and not go into the merits of the resolution.

3. These resolutions, together with any amendments, shall be referred to the Committee on Resolutions or other Special Committees for subsequent hearing and report to the House.

4. When the Committee reports, in accordance with Rule 1.4, three minutes shall be provided for the presentation of each resolution and ten minutes for debate.

5. Debate on each resolution shall be limited to ten minutes, during which time no speaker shall be allowed more than two minutes, unless the House by 2/3 majority resolves to extend the time.

6. Within the time allotted, no motion to limit debate shall be in order while anyone still wishes to speak. At the conclusion of the time period, votes shall be taken on all pending motions.
The Committee also reminds the House that all amendments or resolutions of any kind must be submitted in writing to the Secretary of Convention before action can be taken on them (Rule 4.1).


Special Order #3: Committee on Canons

The Committee on Dispatch of Business moves that the consideration of the Report of the Committee on Canons be governed by the follow Special Order:

1. Five minutes shall be provided for presentation of the Report, with an additional five minutes for questions of clarification.

2. Fifteen minutes shall be allotted for debate on any amendments to the Constitution and Canons.

3. Within the times allowed, two minutes shall be allotted to present an amendment, and five minutes allotted for debate on each amendment, during which time no speaker shall be allowed more than two minutes.

4. The House, by 2/3 majority, may vote to extend the time for debate. No motion to lay on the table, to recommit, or otherwise to terminate debate shall be in order while anyone still wishes to speak. At the conclusion of each established time period, votes shall be taken on all pending motions.
[Note: This special order will be applicable only if a proposed canon amendment is removed from the Consent Calendar.]


Special Order #4: Budget & Financial Resolutions

The Committee on Dispatch of Business moves that consideration of the budget and other financial resolutions be governed by the following Special Order:

1. Following the report of the Treasurer and the Committee on Personnel Practices, a single motion shall be considered for the adoption of 

a. The Proposed Assessment Formula,
b. The Proposed Salary Resolution, and
c. The Proposed Budget.

2. Debate on the budget & financial resolutions shall not exceed five minutes.

3. Debate on any amendments from the floor, during the consideration of the budget & financial resolutions shall be limited to five minutes each. No speaker shall be allowed more than two minutes.

4. No motion to limit debate shall be in order during the allotted time period, while a person still wishes to speak. At the end of each established time period, a vote will be taken on all pending motions, pertaining to that period, unless the House by 2/3 majority, resolves to extend debate.


Special Order #5: Committee Reports (Excluding Canons and Resolutions)

The Committee on Dispatch of Business moves that the Report on the Bishop’s Address, and any other regular or special committees of Convention, be governed by the following Special Order:

1. Five minutes shall be provided for the presentation of each resolution from such a committee, and five minutes for response to questions of clarification.

2. Debate on each resolution shall be limited to five minutes unless the House by 2/3 majority shall extend the time. At the conclusion of the allotted time votes shall be taken on all pending motions.

3. Within the time for debate no speaker shall be allowed more than two minutes, and no motion to limit debate shall be in order while anyone still wishes to speak.

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