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ha_jchiang48630.JPGToday's lead item in The Bee's Buzz column gave a snippet of the legal wrestling going on in Controller John Chiang's battle with fellow Democrats in the Legislature over his move to withhold their pay during last year's budget debate.

Chiang says he was within his rights to withhold the pay, particularly because Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed the budget. Democrats say he was merely being "politically expedient" and overstepped his bounds, especially because SCO officials had recently acknowledged they had no expertise in evaluating the viability of the state budget.

The court showdown comes April 10. But the most recent filings lay out the arguments from both sides. Here's the filing Attorney General Kamala Harris made on Chiang's behalf:

Chiangfiling

Here are the points and authorities from legislative leaders:

Leg is Filing



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