Resolved, the House of _______ concurring, That the 79th General Convention amend the Joint Rules of Order of the House of Bishops and House of Deputies, Section VII, as follows:
21. The Joint Standing Committee on Nominations will perform background checks on its potential nominees for Secretary of the General Convention and Treasurer of the General Convention. These background checks will be done prior to nomination of candidates for those offices and information received will be used by the Joint Standing Committee in their deliberations to select and nominate candidate(s). Information from background checks will be shared with the subject of the background check, but otherwise not be shared beyond the Joint Standing Committee and its legal advisors. The Joint Standing Committee will perform background checks on nominees or potential nominees to the President of the House of Deputies and the Vice President of the House of Deputies. The results of these background checks will be shared with the subject of the background checks and with the appropriate nominating committee, if there is one. These background checks will cover criminal records checks and sexual offender registry checks in any state where the potential nominee has resided during the past seven (7) years, an FBI Fingerprint check, any appropriate professional bodies which might discipline members for violations of ethical or fiduciary conduct and any violations of state or federal securities laws. Potential nominees from outside the United States will have records checks completed to cover the same information with the appropriate bodies where they reside.
22. The Joint Standing Committee on Nominations will develop, and periodically review and update, an application form for those being nominated for Executive Council, Trustee of the Church Pension Fund, and other offices it deems appropriate that will include self-disclosure questions regarding convictions of any crime (other than minor traffic offenses or juvenile offenses), convictions of driving under the influence of alcohol or other drugs, registration as a sexual offender, current or past protective or restraining orders against the nominee, violations of securities laws, disciplinary restrictions by a professional organization or agency, any current unresolved charges pending in any of these areas and the opportunity for the potential nominee to explain any matters disclosed.
And be it further
Resolved, That succeeding sections be renumbered accordingly.
This resolution provides for thorough background checks to be completed on the officers of the Episcopal Church who have particular corporate fiduciary responsibilities. It also offers a process to ask background questions of all potential nominees.
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