Resolved, the House of _______ concurring, That the 79th General Convention amend Title I Canon 1 Section 1(b) as follows:
There shall be a President and Vice President of the House of Deputies, who shall perform the duties normally appropriate to their respective offices or specified in these Canons. They shall be elected not later than the seventh day of each regular meeting of the General Convention in the manner herein set forth. The House of Deputies shall elect from its membership, by a majority of separate ballots, a President and Vice-President, who shall be of different orders. Any person desiring to be nominated for either office shall, no later than three months prior to the start of General Convention, submit their names to the Joint Standing Committee on Nominations for the purposes of submitting to a background check. Such officers shall take office at the adjournment of the regular meeting at which they are elected, and shall continue in office until the adjournment of the following regular meeting of the General Convention. They shall be and remain ex-officio members of the House during their term of office. No person elected President or Vice-President shall be eligible for more than three (3) consecutive full terms in each respective office. In the case of resignation, death, absence, or inability, of the President, the Vice-President shall perform the duties of the office until the adjournment of the next meeting of the General Convention. In case of resignation, death, absence, or inability of the Vice-President, the President shall appoint a Deputy of the opposite order, upon the advice and consent of the lay persons, presbyters, and deacons of the Executive Council, who shall serve until the adjournment of the next meeting of the General Convention. The President shall be authorized to appoint an Advisory Council for the consultation and advice in the performance of the office. The President may also appoint a Chancellor to the President, a confirmed adult communicant of the Church in good standing who is learned in both ecclesiastical and secular law, to serve as long as the President may desire, as counselor in matters relating to the discharge of the responsibilities of that office.
Currently, the President of the House of Deputies and the Vice President of the House of Deputies do not undergo background checks prior to their elections. Because these roles involve substantial fiduciary responsibilities on behalf of the Church, it is fitting that they do so. However, this requires that interested persons make themselves known earlier than the start of General Convention, so that the check can be run with enough time to receive results. Presently there is no requirement that nominees be identified prior to actual nomination at General Convention.
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