- Associated Press - Thursday, March 24, 2016

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - The Latest on bill-reading filibusters that have delayed work in the Mississippi Legislature (all times local):

7:40 p.m.

The Mississippi Supreme Court is tossing out a temporary restraining order that a circuit judge had issued against the presiding officer of the Mississippi House.

Hinds County Circuit Judge Winston Kidd issued an order Wednesday telling House Speaker Philip Gunn to stop using a rapid setting for a computer-generated voice that was reading bills out loud.

Bill reading is a filibuster technique that Democrats were using to express dissatisfaction with the legislative process. But several Democrats complained that the computer was reading too fast for people to understand what it was saying.

Democratic Rep. Jay Hughes of Oxford filed a court complaint and got the temporary order from Kidd.

Justices offered no explanation as they dismissed Kidd’s order Thursday night.


5:43 p.m.

The Mississippi Senate has returned to a normal pace after two Democrats stopped having bills read aloud to delay the chamber’s work.

However, the House is still slowed by a bill-reading filibuster.

Sens. Barbara Blackmon of Canton and Sen. Deborah Dawkins of Pass Christian had bills read aloud all of Wednesday and a few hours Thursday.

They stopped after meeting privately with Republican Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves to express dissatisfaction about how the Senate is run.

Dawkins says Reeves didn’t offer a deal. Instead, she says she and Blackmon decided on their own after expressing concerns to him.

Blackmon and Dawkins say they think chairmen are limiting debate on bills and amendments.

House Democrats filibustered because of unhappiness about a Republican-led bill to restructure the Jackson airport board.

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