Editorial: State legislators cannot ignore the Constitution’s open-government requirements

In 2004 California voters overwhelmingly amended the state Constitution to ensure public right of access to the meetings and writings of government officials.

Yet, for more than a decade, state legislators have falsely claimed that, unlike members of local government or other branches of state government, they didn't have to follow Proposition 59.

Finally, this week, a judge said no. In a case brought by this newspaper, Sacramento County Judge Michael Kenney ruled that the Legislature's interpretation was "contrary to the plain language" voters approved. Continue>>>