Delays In The State Legislature
The Mississippi Supreme Court is tossing out a temporary restraining order that a circuit judge had issued against the Mississippi house speaker.
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.
Justices offered no explanation as to why they dismissed Kidd’s order Thursday night.