- Associated Press - Monday, March 11, 2019

DENVER (AP) - Colorado Republicans hoping to delay the passage of bills to repeal the death penalty and overhaul oil and gas regulations have demanded that an unrelated 2,000-page bill be read aloud in the Senate.

The Denver Post reports that GOP state Sen. John Cooke invoked a rule Monday allowing lawmakers to demand a bill be read, delaying other action. Cooke says it was the only option minority Republicans had.

Democrats accused Cooke of pulling a stunt. They brought in five computers to vocalize the bill simultaneously at a speed faster than humans can understand.

Cooke said that violated the spirit of the rules. He said it was a precedent Democrats might regret.

The oil and gas bill would refocus state regulations on protecting health and the environment instead of encouraging production.


Information from: The Denver Post, http://www.denverpost.com

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