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Colorado GOP Puts Brakes On Oil And Gas, Death Penalty Bills

Senate Republicans
Scott Franz
Capitol Coverage
Senate Republicans requested the reading of a 2,000-page bill to send a message to Democrats they thought legislation, including oil and gas regulations and a death penalty repeal, is being rushed through.

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.

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