Legislative reading clerks accomplish a required duty as quickly as possible

House Reading Clerk Karl Bjelland standing at the rostrom

House Reading Clerk Karl Bjelland standing at the rostrom

There is a lot of procedure at the Montana Legislature, from Roberts Rules of Order to dress codes to who can step onto the House and Senate floor. And when the House and Senate floor sessions convene each day, lawmakers might be debating dozens of bills. They don’t really want to sacrifice any more time than they have to in all that procedure.

So, if the title of each bill has to be read before debate can begin, lawmakers want those bills read as quickly as possible. That job falls to the reading clerks of the House and Senate.

Check out the above audio story to hear them in action!

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