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Colorado court rules that Democrats’ use of computers to accelerate the reading of a bill is unconstitutional

A Denver District Court Judge on Tuesday sided with Senate Republicans in their effort to slow down the pace of Democratic-backed legislation this session.

The eight-page preliminary injunction says Senate leaders cannot use computers to read a bill at unintelligible speeds to fulfill a request that it be read at length, a parliamentary tactic Republicans can use to prevent other Senate business from happening.

Specifically, the judge found that Senate President Leroy Garcia and Senate Secretary Cindi Markwell’s use of five computers to read a 2,000-page bill at top speed at 650 words per minute to fulfill a Republican demand violated state law.

“The Court finds that the actions of the Senate Secretary and the Senate President causing different sections of HB 1172 to be read simultaneously by multiple computers at an incomprehensible speed violated the article V, § 22 of the Colorado Constitution. The Court concludes that the Plaintiffs have demonstrated a reasonable probability of success on the merits,” ruled Judge David Goldberg. Read the decision in full.

Read the rest of the story at Colorado Public Radio.