A048 Amend Canons and Rules of Order to Implement the Recommendations of the Task Force on the Budget Process

Canon I.1.2.m

If the elimination of the Joint Standing Committee on Program, Budget and Finance is adopted, then these revisions to Canon I.1.2.m provide a helpful redundancy, or reminder, to Standing Commission, together with existing Canon I.1.2.k.3.

Canon I.1.2.o

The Task Force proposes to delete this canon here and move it, with small amendments, to a new Canon I.4.4. This subsection was added to the canons in 2018. It was proposed by the Standing Commission on Structure, Governance and Constitution and Canons with the following explanation: “This change permits task forces to be created and commence prior to the first meeting of Executive Council, allowing them more time in the triennium to do their work.” Since the subsection calls on the Presiding Officers to review all General Convention resolutions calling for “study or further action” and to recommend to the Executive Council the bodies they believe necessary to carry out the work; and for the Executive Council to act on such recommendations, including providing funding, it makes more sense for this provision to be in the canon on the Executive Council, Canon I.4.

Canon I.1.8

These amendments implement a generic, uniform title for the triennial budget of the Church, “The Episcopal Church budget,” and requires dioceses to pay their assessments, not all on January 1 of each year, but according to the schedule (currently monthly) established by Executive Council.

Canon I.1.9

These amendments (i) state that the Treasurer’s borrowing is on behalf of Executive Council, the governing body with authority between General Conventions; (ii) conform the title of the budget as explained above under Canon I.1.8; and (iii) clarify that any borrowing requires the approval of Executive Council, of which the Presiding Bishop, under Canon I.4.2.a, is the Chair and chief executive officer.

Canon I.1.11

The Task Force’s proposed amendments to Canon I.4.6 make clear that Executive Council would have the sole authority to propose the triennial budget to the General Convention. Accordingly, there would be no need for the Treasurer to also propose the same budget. (Note that the remaining three sections of Canon I.1.11 will need to be renumbered.)

Canon I.1.13

This amendment conforms the title of the triennial budget as noted above under Canon I.1.8. It also deletes an outdated reference to the "Expense" budget.

Canon I.2.6

These amendments conform Canon I.2.6 to the Task Force’s other proposed canonical amendments establishing the Executive Council as the Church governing body that submits a proposed triennial budget to the General Convention, and cross-references that canon.

Canon I.2.8

Consistent with prior proposed amendments, above, this change deletes the reference to the Joint Standing Commission on Program, Budget, and Finance.

Canon I.4.3

This amendment is consistent with the Task Force's recommendation to transfer all responsibilities of the Joint Standing Committee on Program, Budget, and Finance to the Executive Council, thereby eliminating the need for that Joint Standing Committee.

Canon I.4.4.

As explained regarding the deletion of Canon I.1.2.o, since this canon calls on the Presiding Officers to recommend to the Executive Council the creation of various bodies to carry out the work specified by the General Convention, and for the Executive Council to allocate the funds for such work, it makes more sense to include this provision in the canon on the Executive Council than in the canon on the General Convention. The text of subsection o was moved in its entirety with the only change being to change “Presiding Bishop” to “Chair” and “President of the House of Deputies” to “Vice-Chair,” the titles they hold in their roles in the Executive Council.

Canon I.4.6.a, c and i

These amendments further implement the Task Force’s recommendation to have the Executive Council submit the proposed triennial budget to the General Convention, specifically to the Secretary of the General Convention. The changes also delete a redundant subsection requiring the Treasurer to also submit the proposed budget, and clarifies that the budget operates on a calendar year. The amendments strike current subsection c; for many years, once released the proposed budget has been distributed to the entire Church, making it unnecessary to direct Executive Council to send it to all Bishops and Provinces. Finally, the mention in subsection i of the Joint Standing Committee on Program, Budget and Finance should be struck.

Canon I.5.5

The Task Force concluded that the concept of sharing the Archives’ expenses between the General Convention and the Executive Council is outdated. The triennial budget makes an appropriation for the Archives, and the canon need not mention any sharing of expenses., as there is no difference between the "Executive Council budget" and the "General Convention budget." The Task Force's recommendation is to use throughout the canons and Rules of order the term, The Episcopal Church budget.

Canon I.9.10

This canon was adopted in 1928 and has been little used, according to the Annotated Constitution and Canons (White & Dykman). A Province that sought to take over the implementation of a General Convention-funded program could propose a plan for that to the Executive Council, which could take action to support the request, on a case by case basis with full access to the facts. The Task Force believes this canon is no longer needed and in addition seems arcane.

House of Bishops Rule of Order V.D.d

With the Task Force’s proposed elimination of the Joint Standing Committee on Program, Budget, and Finance, and with the clarification of the Executive Council’s post-General Convention role of finalizing the budget, this Rule of Order is no longer necessary.

House of Bishops Rule of Order VIII.1

This amendment implements a generic, uniform title for the triennial budget of the Church, “The Episcopal Church budget.”

House of Deputies Rule of Order VI.C.3.v.a

With the Task Force’s proposed elimination of the Joint Standing Committee on Program, Budget, and Finance, and with the clarification of the Executive Council’s post-General Convention role of finalizing the budget, this House of Deputies Rule of Order is no longer necessary.

House of Deputies Rule of Order IX.A.1.ii.a.1

This Resolution Review Committee “budget impact” task will no longer be necessary under the structure and sequencing of the Task Force’s recommendations.

Joint Rule of Order II.10

With the Task Force’s proposed elimination of the Joint Standing Committee on Program, Budget, and Finance, and with the clarification of the Executive Council’s post-General Convention role of finalizing the budget, this Joint Rule of Order is no longer necessary. (Note that the deletion of this Joint Rule of Order will require the succeeding Joint Rules of Order to be renumbered.)

Joint Rule of Order IV.14

The Task Force proposes to change the budgeting process for the triennial Episcopal Church budget so that after General Convention a budget committee of the Executive Council will review all resolutions adopted by the General Convention, especially those with budget implications and those setting the priorities for the Church, and make recommendations to the Executive Council for appropriate revisions of the budget adopted by the General Convention. Therefore, it would no longer be the case that resolutions adopted after adoption of the triennial budget would never be funded. In fact, such resolutions could be funded by Executive Council after it completes its post-General Convention review of all adopted resolutions to see if they should be funded by the triennial budget finalized by the Executive Council.

Joint Rule of Order VII.21

This is another amendment conforming the title of the budget to “The Episcopal Church” budget.