|NEW ORLEANS (BP) -- The SBC Executive Committee amended its bylaws and elected new officers during its June 18 meeting in New Orleans prior to the annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention.
According to D. August Boto, executive vice president and general counsel of the Executive Committee, the amended bylaws document:
-- brings the Executive Committee up to date regarding the Southern Baptist Convention's sole membership status.
-- explicitly stakes out the Executive Committee's First Amendment right to self-governance.
-- causes all six Executive Committee officers to be nominated and elected.
-- effectively makes the Executive Committee officers the "executive committee of the Executive Committee" for a limited, defined set of purposes.
-- more explicitly sets out the authority of the Executive Committee officers to review and adjust the president's salary and requires a report to the full board about any percentage change in salary, if any, or in benefits.
-- improves the awkward and potentially problematic process of vice presidential hiring and termination by delegating approval of both actions to the officers of the board.
-- changes the term "subcommittee" to "committee" (or "standing committee") to harmonize references in Robert's Rules of Order and Tennessee statutes.
-- eliminates redundant provisions regarding notice, waiver, quorum and voting that were included for each subcommittee and workgroup.
-- allows action without a meeting with unanimous consent.
-- explicitly states the mode of employment to be "at will."
-- includes modern communication modes such as email. Continued...