No Warp-Speed Computer Voice as State Supreme Court Hears Capitol Dispute

— 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 Thursday they won't listen to the voice.

House Democrats had bills read aloud in March as a delay tactic because they believed majority Republicans were ignoring their concerns.

Democratic Rep. Jay Hughes of Oxford sued Republican Speaker Philip Gunn for setting the computer voice at a speed impossible to understand. A circuit judge ordered Gunn to slow the reading, but the Supreme Court lifted that order.

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


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