25A. CONSENT CALENDAR


(a) (1) A committee of reference may recommend that a bill be placed on the consent calendar for consideration by the committee of the whole. If the majority leader determines that a bill is noncontroversial in nature, the bill may be placed on the consent calendar in the sole discretion of the majority leader, after consultation with the minority leader.

(2) A bill shall be placed on the consent calendar for the second actual day of session following the day on which the committee report is read in open session to the members of the Senate or the decision is made by the majority leader to place the bill on the consent calendar. If the placement of a bill on the consent calendar would occur at a time that would prevent a bill from being considered within an appropriate legislative deadline or prior to adjournment sine die, the majority leader shall direct that the bill be placed on the next available consent calendar or the next available second reading calendar. If any member objects orally at the microphone to inclusion of a bill on the consent calendar after its placement thereon, the bill shall be removed from the consent calendar and, unless otherwise indicated, shall be placed at the end of the general orders calendar for that day. The consent calendar shall appear on the daily calendar under the title of "general orders", and it shall be clearly designated by the words "consent calendar".

(b) All bills on the consent calendar shall be considered on second reading by the committee of the whole in the same manner as other bills, except that:

(1) No substantial debate or substantive floor amendments, other than simple or technical committee of reference reports, simple comments or questions, or simple or technical floor amendments, shall be permitted for bills on the consent calendar; and

(2) The committee of the whole shall take a single vote covering all such bills. The vote shall have the effect of adopting all such bills on second reading.

(c) (1) A bill shall be removed from the consent calendar upon the objection of any member made at any time after the Senate begins to consider the bill on second reading or third reading.

(2) If the objection is made prior to the adoption of the committee of the whole report, the bill shall be deemed as not having been considered on second reading and, unless otherwise indicated, shall be placed at the end of the general orders calendar for that day.

(3) If the objection is made after the adoption of the committee of the whole report but prior to the passage of the bill on third reading, unless otherwise indicated, the bill shall be placed on the third reading calendar for the next day of actual session following the day on which it was removed from the consent calendar.

(d) All bills on the consent calendar that have been passed on second reading shall be included on the calendar under the title "third reading of bills" and shall be clearly designated by the words "consent calendar". No substantial debate or substantive third reading amendments shall be permitted for bills on the consent calendar. There shall be a single vote covering all bills appearing on the consent calendar; except that any member may register a "no" vote on any individual bill appearing on the third reading consent calendar. The vote shall be by ayes and noes and entered in the journal separately for each bill.

(e) The word "bill" as used in this rule shall not include concurrent resolutions.