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What is a Consent Agenda?

A consent agenda is a technique for addressing multiple topics in a single agenda item, such as committee reports, meeting minutes, and other items that don't require discussion. Boards and committees use a consent agenda to quickly manage all the items they are legally required to address during the meeting, but which should not take up any of the board's precious meeting time. Groups that use a consent agenda expect participants to have reviewed the items on the consent agenda prior to the meeting and come prepared to quickly approve them.

The term consent agenda is misleading; the consent agenda is typically only one item on a longer meeting agenda.

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