You know things have gotten weird at the state Capitol when our elected representatives are arguing about whether computers should be allowed to read pending legislation aloud instead of humans. And yet, that’s where we are.
Republican senators filed a lawsuit this week against Senate President Leroy Garcia after the Pueblo Democrat opted to use computers to satisfy a requirement that bills be read aloud in their entirety before legislative debate can begin.
A Denver district judge issued a temporary restraining order blocking Garcia’s decision until a hearing can be held on the facts of the case Tuesday. Garcia argues that using the computers complies with the legal requirements for bill reading, while Republicans counter that the machines are just spewing out gibberish that doesn’t meet the letter or the spirit of the law.