Oct 2, 2014 12:53 PM by News Staff
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - The state Senate is keeping secret a taxpayer-funded report about Capitol staff nepotism despite calls by lawmakers, a statewide candidate and public interest groups that it be released.
The Legislature's lawyers rejected a formal request for the report made by The Associated Press under the Legislative Open Records Act, the special law that determines what business of the Legislature is open to the public. They cited broad exemptions in refusing the request.
Peter Scheer, executive director of the First Amendment Coalition, said the Legislature's special records law grants it protections no other public body has available.
Earlier this year, Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg hired an outside attorney to review allegations that senior staff abused their authority by playing favorites on new hires. The report cost more than $98,000.
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