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A "consent agenda" is discussed on page 361 of RONR.  It is typically used in public bodies such as city councils, school boards, etc, where a group of items considered non-controversial are grouped together on the agenda and often voted on en masse, or in globo, all at once and without debate, rather than taking a vote on each one separately.  Depending on the body's rules, usually if one member objects to an item being on the consent agenda, it will be removed and taken up in its regular order on the agenda.  It is a means of saving time when there are many items to vote on and no opposition is expected on any of them. 


A "consent agenda" is actually, in my experience, a part of the regular agenda or order of business but has come to be referred to as the "consent agenda".

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