Arrested lawmaker known for transparency bills

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Updated: 3/26 5:33 pm

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Before his arrest on federal corruption charges, Sen. Leland Yee was best known publicly for his attempts to strengthen California's open records and government transparency laws.

Yet he also was regarded somewhat warily by his colleagues in the Legislature, where he was known for his sometimes chilly relationship with Democratic leaders when he refused to follow their lead.

The 65-year-old San Francisco Democrat was arrested Wednesday during a series of raids by the FBI in Sacramento and the San Francisco Bay Area, although officials declined to immediately discuss the charges.

A child psychologist, Yee authored a bill in 2005 that prohibited the sale of extremely violent video games to California minors. The law was struck down by the U.S. Supreme Court in 2011.

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