On politics in the Golden State
December 1, 2011 | 3:54 pm

A Sacramento County Superior Court judge has tentatively ordered the California Assembly to release lawmakers’ office budgets and other legislative documents it had claimed were exempt from public disclosure.

The ruling, issued by Judge Timothy M. Frawley on Thursday afternoon, came in response to a lawsuit filed by the Los Angeles Times and the Sacramento Bee after the Assembly denied the newspapers’ requests to see legislators’ current spending records.

The judge has scheduled a hearing Friday to give the parties an opportunity to contest the tentative ruling before it becomes final.

Earlier this year, Assembly administrators had claimed that the records were confidential under provisions in the Legislature Open Records Act that exempt “preliminary drafts, notes or legislative memoranda” and “correspondence of and to individual members of the Legislature and their staff.”

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