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Judicial Council Quorum (80148-JA-¶2608.2)

Amend ¶2608.2 as follows:
¶ 2608. Organization and Procedure
2. Time and Place—The council shall meet at the time and place of the meeting of the General Conference and shall continue in session until the adjournment of that body, and at least one other time in each calendar year and at such other times as it may deem appropriate, at such places as it may select from time to time. Seven members shall constitute a quorum except on questions of the constitutionality of acts of General Conference in which case a quorum shall be nine members or alternates duly seated according to the rules established by the Judicial Council. An affirmative vote of at least six members of the council shall be necessary to declare any act of the General Conference unconstitutional. On other matters, a majority vote of the entire council shall be sufficient. The council may decline to entertain an appeal or a petition for a declaratory decision in any instance in which it determines that it does not have jurisdiction to decide the matter.


This change will ensure that at no time will a minority of fewer than four members of the Judicial Council be able to decide constitutional questions that are before it. It will also ensure that General Conference decisions are given consideration by the full Council in every instance.