The Overtures Committee (OC) voted 61-20 to refer Overture 31 back to Westminster Presbytery.

The overture sought to amend the Book of Church Order (BCO) so that only a church session that excommunicated someone would have the power to lift the excommunication. According to the Overtures Committee, 31 affects other sections of the BCO, and requires careful modification beyond the scope of the OC.

The recommendation now goes to the General Assembly.