Colorado Supreme Court to take up bill reading lawsuit

The Denver Gazette: A lawsuit filed by Senate Republicans against Senate Democrats over how bills are read at length has been accepted for review by the Colorado Supreme Court.

The lawsuit dates back to March 11, 2019, when Senate Republicans asked for a 2,023-page bill to be read at length, a delaying tactic they employed nearly a dozen times in the 2019 session. Senate Minority Leader Chris Holbert said at the time that reading a bill at length is the only tool the minority had to slow down what it viewed as too rapid a process on controversial bills.

The reading of House Bill 1172, a cleanup of state statutes sponsored by Republican Sen. Bob Gardner of Colorado Springs, began with the Senate reading clerk reciting the bill for about two hours.

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