Steinberg seeks to strip Ron Calderon of committee assignments following bribe allegations

Ron Calderon

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State Sen. Ron Calderon, D-Monterey Park, left, smiles as he walks through the Capitol with his brother, former assemblyman Charles Calderon, D-Whittier, after his early primary measure was approved by the Assembly at the Capitol in Sacramento, Tuesday, March 6, 2007.

California state Senate Leader Darrell Steinberg is moving to strip state Sen. Ron Calderon of his committee posts. A leaked affidavit alleges that Calderon, who represents a district in southeast Los Angeles, took $88,000 in bribes.

The day after Al Jazeera America reported that Calderon accepted bribes from an FBI agent posing as the owner of a movie studio, Steinberg 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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