Several newspapers in California filed a lawsuit in the Sacramento Superior Court against the California Senate because they are seeking the legislative calendars and appointment books of two suspended members. The lawsuit was filed Thursday, and asks the court to compel the California Senate to release the legislative calendars and appointment books of suspended senators Leland Yee (pictured) and Ron Calderon.
The California Senate's Rules Committee has denied requests for these materials by such publications as the Los Angeles Newspaper Group, Bay Area Newspaper Group and San Jose Mercury News.
Lawyers for the California Senate argue that the records are part of the deliberative process of lawmakers and are therefore confidential.
But journalists argue that the documents are no longer shielded from disclosure because the Senators in questions have been suspended and charged in separate corruption cases.
We will have more on this story as it develops.