- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 19, 2016

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - The Latest on a Mississippi legislative dispute about reading bills aloud (all times local):

12:20 p.m.

The Mississippi Supreme Court isn’t saying how it might rule in a legislative dispute over bill readings done by a “demon chipmunk.”

An attorney for Republican House Speaker Philip Gunn asked justices Tuesday to dismiss a case filed by a freshman Democrat.

Rep. Jay Hughes of Oxford sued Gunn in March after Democrats requested bills to be read as a filibuster and Gunn had readings done by a superfast computer voice that couldn’t be understood. Some lawmakers nicknamed the voice a demon chipmunk.

Hughes’ attorney on Tuesday asked justices to send the case to a lower court for a full hearing on the dispute. And, he asked them to order Gunn to have bills read at a comprehensible pace.

The Mississippi constitution allows legislators to have bills read aloud.


5:39 a.m.

The Mississippi Supreme Court is hearing arguments in a legislative dispute that started this spring when Democrats tried to filibuster and the Republican House speaker used a superfast computer voice to read bills out loud.

Some legislators said the voice sounded like a demon chipmunk.

First-year Democratic Rep. Jay Hughes of Oxford contends that Speaker Philip Gunn of Clinton violated the state constitution, which allows any lawmaker to have a bill read aloud.

Gunn says legislators have instant access to bills online.

House Democrats forced readings in March because they thought their ideas were being ignored by the Republican supermajority. Hughes sued Gunn over the speedy voice, and the dispute is being heard Tuesday by the state Supreme Court.

Justices will not listen to recordings of the bill readings.

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