Judge sides with Colorado Senate Republicans, demands bills be read more clearly

DENVER -- Colorado Republican and Democratic State Senators met in a Denver courtroom Tuesday morning in a lawsuit regarding a bill reading by a computer last week.

Republican State Senators sued Democrats over their decision last week to have a 2,000-page bill read by computers and not by a person. Republicans argued the computers read so fast, the bill was incomprehensible.

Republicans had asked for the bill to be read “at length” initially in an effort to delay the Democratic agenda. It was estimated by Democratic lawyers it would take six days to read a 2,000-page bill.

Late Tuesday, Denver Judge David Goldberg ruled in favor of Senate Republicans, granting them a preliminary injunction on the manner.

“The Court was unable to discern a single word from the tape played during the court proceeding. To 'read' the bill, which is a constitutional requisite, in such a manner renders it a nullity,” Judge Goldberg wrote.

The order is not expected to be the final word on the manner as a hearing is still expected to take place.

GOP State Chairman Jeff Hays said, “Today's ruling is a clear rebuke to Democrats over their unconstitutional abuse of power this legislative session.”

Republican Senate Minority Leader Chris Holbert told FOX31:

“We thank Judge Goldberg for his expeditious and informed decision in defense of the Colorado Constitution. We sincerely hope that this marks a new beginning for discourse with Senate President Garcia. He is a good man and a thoughtful leader.”

Senate Democratic President Leroy Garcia, who implemented the computers, said:

"The people of Colorado lost today. I have a deep respect for the process and the opinion of the court, and will uphold their decision; however, the reading of this 2,000 page bipartisan bill means that our work trying to improve the lives of millions of Coloradans grinds to a halt.

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