The Times, which owns the Pasadena Sun, La Cañada Valley Sun, Burbank Leader and Glendale News-Press, filed suit in Sacramento County Superior Court, arguing the budget figures should be a matter of public record. McClatchy Newspapers, owners of the Sacramento Bee, is a co-plaintiff in the case.
“The notion that the Legislature can keep secret information about how tax dollars are being spent is completely contrary to the law,” said Kelli Sager, an attorney representing The Times. “These kinds of records are precisely what the Legislative Open Records Act covers.”
The lawsuit seeks disclosure of annual Assembly member budget allowances for 2010 and 2011, including additional allowances for committee assignments, and any orders from the Rules Committee or Speaker’s Office ordering changes to member budgets. The suit names as defendants the California Legislature, the California Assembly Committee on Rules and Rules Committee Chair Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley).