Legal battle continues between House Speaker and MS lawmaker - - Jackson, MS

Legal battle continues between House Speaker and MS lawmaker

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JACKSON, Miss (AP) -

Attorneys for the Mississippi House speaker say it doesn't matter that bills were read aloud at a super-fast pace during a legislative dispute.
They say the important thing is that Speaker Philip Gunn fulfilled the state constitutional requirement to have them read out loud when a House member requested it.
Democratic Rep. Jay Hughes of Oxford sued Gunn in March over a computer program's speed-reading of bills.
Gunn's attorneys filed arguments Tuesday, with the state Supreme Court.

They say legislators can read any bill on paper or computer, so it isn't necessary for them to understand a bill when it's read aloud.
They also say legislative disputes must be resolved within the Legislature, not by the courts.
Hughes must respond by June 21, and justices will hear arguments July 19.

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