Colorado Supreme Court Finds High-Speed Bill Reading Unconstitutional

Colorado Supreme Court
Plaintiffs trying to recover money awarded through a defendant’s insurance policy can have prejudgment interest tacked onto that award, the Colorado Supreme Court ruled last week. / LAW WEEK FILE
The Colorado Supreme Court held in a 4-3 decision last week that a high-speed bill reading during the General Assembly’s 2019 session didn’t comply with the Colorado Constitution’s reading requirements. The bill in question was HB19-1172, a 2,000-page bill to recodify existing statutes on the regulation of professions and occupations. In an effort to stall other legislation, Senate Republicans asked that the bill be read at length. A Senate clerk read the bill aloud for more than three hours, but Secretary of the Senate Cindi Markwell eventually decided the reading was a task for m

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