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Calderon Set to Lose His Committee Assignments

CPR photo/Ben Adler
 

CPR photo/Ben Adler

The day after Al Jazeera America reported that Calderon (D-Montebello) accepted bribes from an FBI agent posing as the owner of a movie studio, Senate Leader Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento) kicked Calderon off the California Film Commission.  Asked whether Calderon should continue to serve on Senate committees, Steinberg said: “I’m concerned. But I want to think through that thoroughly.  I want to talk to some of my colleagues.”

Now, Steinberg is asking the Senate Rules Committee to strip Calderon of his committee assignments – including as chairman of the Insurance Committee – until the investigation is complete.

So far, only the Assembly member representing Calderon’s district has called on the senator to resign.  Steinberg has said he wants to know more before making a final judgment.

The Senate can expel a member with a two-thirds vote, though lawmakers don’t convene again until January.

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Ben Adler

Capitol Bureau Chief

Capitol Bureau Chief Ben Adler first became a public radio listener in the car on his way to preschool – though not necessarily by choice. Now, he leads Capital Public Radio’s state Capitol coverage, which airs on NPR stations across California.  Read Full Bio