Prompted by a judge’s tentative ruling against it, the state Assembly has agreed to turn over individual lawmakers’ office budgets and related records to the public and the two newspapers that sued to force disclosure: the Sacramento Bee and the Los Angeles Times. Sacramento Superior Court Judge Timothy Frawley rejected the Assembly’s arguments that the adopted budgetary information was exempt from disclosure as a preliminary draft, as confidential correspondence or as protected by the deliberative process privilege. He tartly answered the Assembly’s argument that due to the constitutional separation of powers, no court could tell the Legislature how to manage its information: “The Legislature has no authority to interpret the laws and determine rights; that is the function of the judiciary. . . Having enacted the Open Records Act, the Legislature is bound to it, and this court can and shall interpret and enforce it.”