Senate Votes to Suspend Democratic Lawmakers

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Senators have voted to suspend three co-workers after they were arrested for separate incidents this year.

Originally Senate leader Darryl Steinberg said it was ok for Senators Wright and Calderon to have a leave of absence from the state legislature.

Friday morning, senators voted 28-to-1 to suspend Democratic Senators Leland Yee, Ron Calderon and Rod Wright.

Steinberg said he changed his mind on the leaves of absence versus suspension issue after Yee was arrested earlier this week.

READ: Senator Yee Faces Long List of Charges

Yee faces accusations of trying to arrange an arms deal, and of political corruption.

Senator Calderon turned himself in to federal authorities last month after he was indicted on 26 corruption charges. Senator Wright was convicted of eight counts of elections fraud in January.

In February following Calderon’s charges, Steinberg said he called for his resignation and he was considering suspension because of the seriousness of the charges. He told FOX40 Senator Wright was not facing a suspension at the time because a trial judge’s ruling was being appealed.

WATCH: Senator Yee Talks to FOX40 about Gun Control, Assault Weapons Bill

State Senator Ron Calderon Given a Week to Resign

Yee, Noted Gun Control Advocate, Accused of Trafficking Guns

State Senate Won’t Expel Wright

DETAILS: Senator Yee Indicted on Arms Trafficking, Public Corruption Charges

WATCH: Agents Take Evidence from Senator Yee’s Office

 Steinberg to Yee: “This is Sickening”, “Leave”


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