The dispute started when Republicans, angry at how quickly Democrats were moving an oil and gas bill through the Senate, asked that a different 2,000-page bill be read out loud in the chamber.
Court Rules That Democrats' Use Of Computers To Accelerate The Reading Of A Bill Is Unconstitutional
Senate Democrats had tried the tactic after Republicans requested a 2,000-page bill be read at length to slow down the pace of Democratic-backed legislation.
Legislative rules allow for any lawmaker to request that a bill lined up for a vote be read at length.
A no-kill committee policy could mean Democrats in swing seats may have to take some politically risky votes.
The political playing field changed after Democrats swept both chambers of the legislature and the governor's office in the 2018 elections.
Legislative attorneys later wrote an opinion that stated the full Senate is required to vote on whether to retain the secretary.
While it’s not unheard of for nonpartisan staff to be replaced, it’s uncommon.
Democrats hold full control of the statehouse and the governor's office after the midterm election.
It has been decades since Democrats controlled all of Colorado’s statewide offices.