BREAKING NEWS: Plan B replaces Call to Action plan in debate

The General Administration Legislative Committee, by a vote of 56 to 25, has just approved substituting Plan B for the Connectional Table’s petition on the Call to Action proposed restructure. At this point, that means Plan B is just the starting point of debate and will likely be changed by the committee. Plan B has already changed its original proposal to allow United Methodist Communications to remain separate (full disclosure: United Methodist News Service is part of United Methodist Communications. To see an overview of Plan B, visit www.umcplanb.org.

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