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California Voters Approve Proposition 50

  

California voters have approved the lone statewide measure on Tuesday's primary ballot.

Proposition 50 asked whether the state Senate or Assembly should be allowed to suspend one of its members without pay with a two-thirds vote.

The Legislature placed the measure on the ballot two years ago after two state senators were charged with bribery and corruption … and a third was convicted of perjury and voter fraud. The Senate suspended the three, but leaders said did they not have the authority to dock their pay as well.

Prop 50 was leading 75.3 percent to 24.7 percent as of Wednesday morning. It takes effect immediately.