That the Assembly grant an exception to the requirement established by the Assembly Standing Committee through ASC minute 11.43.07 that proposals submitted for consideration at the triennial Assembly need to be lodged with the Assembly General Secretary no later than 90 days before to commencement date of the Assembly for Constitutional matters so that the 14th Assembly may give consideration to a proposal to allow for the co-option of persons who are not members of an Assembly or Synod, as the case may be, to membership of the relevant Standing Committee.
In 2011 the Assembly Standing Committee determined that in order for the Assembly to be better prepared for its business that proposals on most matters should close a month before the Assembly meeting; and for Constitutional amendments 90 days before a meeting. This was seen as providing time for due consideration to be given to these important and often complex matters.
Proposal 59 arose out of a facilitated meeting on governance issues facing the church that was held with the Synod and the Assembly General Secretaries, and others, on April 28 and 29. While addressing a wide range of issues the conversation moved to the perceived limitations created by having to limit co-options for Standing Committees to persons who had attended the full meeting of the Council. It happens that in order to achieve such a change an amendment to the Constitution is required. While the matter is an important one it is not a particularly complex one, from a constitutional drafting point of view. Since the proposal arose from a significant meeting that happened to fall outside the period established by the Assembly Standing Committee and, if seen to be beneficial, would be better applied without a three year delay a proposal is brought to allow an exemption to the Assembly Standing Committee imposed process for receiving proposals to amend the Constitution.
If this proposal passes it will not affect the operation of the Standing Committee established timelines in future Assemblies. Its purpose is to allow the merits of the proposal in relation to co-options to be tested at this meeting of the Assembly.