California Senate Will Vote to Suspect Three Democrats

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - The leader of the California Senate says majority Democrats plan to suspend all three of their own members who are fighting criminal charges.

Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg told reporters on Friday that he plans to act after Sen. Leland Yee of San Francisco was indicted on federal charges this week.

Senate spokesman Rhys Williams says Steinberg also will move to suspend senators Ron Calderon and Rod Wright. Calderon also faces federal corruption charges, while Wright was convicted of voter fraud and perjury.

All three will retain their pay even if suspended, but Steinberg says he also plans to seek a constitutional amendment on Friday that will let lawmakers deny pay to suspended lawmakers.

Steinberg says Yee has refused to resign or take a leave, as he requested.

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