Media suit seeks papers of suspended lawmakers
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Several related media outlets have filed a lawsuit against the California Senate seeking the legislative calendars and appointment books of two suspended members.
The lawsuit was filed Thursday in Sacramento Superior Court.
The California Senate and its rules committee have denied requests made by the Los Angeles Newspaper Group, Bay Area Newspaper Group and San Jose Mercury News to release the documents of Senators Leland Yee and Ron Calderon.
Senate lawyers claim the records are part of the deliberative process of lawmakers and are confidential.
The media outlets argue that the documents are no longer shielded from disclosure since both senators have been suspended and charged in separate corruption cases.