|In this 2019 Called Special Session of General Conference, all petitions will be reviewed and voted upon in one legislative committee before moving onto the plenary session, which will be the same people. What and why is this?
A plenary session is defined as being the gathering of all members of a group, in this case, that’s all the voting delegates of the General Conference.
Especially with a large group of people meeting to do legislative work, it is often not feasible with time constraints for the plenary session to address every individual piece of legislation. Therefore, plenary sessions will often delegate an initial review of petitions to a sub-set of the body, which we United Methodists call “Legislative Committees.” The Commission on the General Conference determines the number of legislative committees, which was 12 in 2016. For this meeting, that number is one.
Learn more about the legislative process on the Western Jurisdiction website