- Associated Press - Thursday, June 2, 2016

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - The Mississippi Supreme Court says it doesn’t want to hear recordings of a computer voice reading bills at warp speed.

The reading is at the heart of a legislative dispute that made its way to the state’s highest court.

And while justices will consider the dispute, they said in a document filed Thursday they won’t listen to the voice.

House Democrats had bills read aloud in March as a delay tactic because they believed Republicans who hold a three-fifths supermajority were ignoring their concerns.

Democratic Rep. Jay Hughes of Oxford sued Republican House Speaker Philip Gunn for having the computer read bills “so quickly that no human ear nor mind can comprehend the words.”

Hinds County Circuit Judge Winston Kidd issued an order March 23 to block Gunn from using the fast setting for the reading. The Supreme Court tossed out Kidd’s order hours later, and the speedy voice resumed.

The Supreme Court will hear arguments July 19 about whether judges should get involved in a legislative fight.

Justices on Thursday also rejected Hughes’ request to send the dispute back to circuit court for a more detailed hearing on his lawsuit.

The Mississippi Constitution says any member of the Legislature can demand that any bill be read aloud immediately before a vote on final passage.


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