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Legislature has long exempted itself from open-records laws

Aug 6, 2011 10:31:04 PM- latimes.com
After Assemblyman accuses leadership of using budgets to consolidate power, media and watchdog groups sue for release of spending records and challenge Legislature's exemption from transparency rules.

A run-of-the-mill spat between two lawmakers has escalated into a referendum on government secrecy, exposing the lengths to which the Legislature will go to hide details about how it conducts the people's business.

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