Capitol Alert
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December 8, 2011

The Assembly has decided not to appeal a Sacramento Superior Court judge’s ruling requiring it to release member-by-member budgets and any changes made to them through the year.

Robin Swanson, spokeswoman for Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez, said that attorneys for the Assembly are focusing now on complying with the judge’s ruling and on a timeline for document release.

The Assembly’s decision not to appeal had seemed likely since hours after Judge Timothy M. Frawley’s ruling on Dec. 1. Swanson said at the time that there were no immediate plans to appeal, but that attorneys were reviewing the matter.

Swanson said today that the decision not to appeal is consistent with the Assembly’s “longstanding commitment to increasing public access” to its documents.

Frawley ruled in a suit filed by The Bee and Los Angeles Times that member-by-member budgets and any changes made to them throughout the year are public records that must be disclosed.

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