Saturday, March 29, 2014

 

California:Senate Suspends Three Members

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The Democratically controlled State Senate voted Friday to suspend three Democrats who face charges in separate criminal cases, after the latest lawmaker to appear in court refused to step down.


The resolution prevents Ron Calderon, Leland Yee and Rod Wright from exercising any power of their office until criminal cases against them have been
resolved. Mr. Yee, who had championed gun control and bills targeting violent video games sold to minors, is the latest to be charged.

He was indicted this week on federal charges that included accepting bribes and coordinating an international gunrunning operation.

The lone senator to vote against the suspension was Joel Anderson, a Republican, who said that the three should be expelled and that it was wrong that they should continue receiving their $95,291 annual salaries. Mr. Calderon and Mr. Wright previously took leaves of absence.

The suspensions drop Senate Democrats below the two-thirds majority they won in the last election.

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