SACRAMENTO (KCBS) — The leader of the California Senate voted to suspend all three of their own members who are fighting criminal charges.
Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg told reporters on Friday that made the decision to act after Sen. Leland Yee of San Francisco was indicted on federal charges this week.
Friday’s 28-1 vote in the 40-member chamber came amid one of the most severe ethical crises in modern times for the Legislature in the nation’s most populous state.
Steinberg moved to suspend senators Ron Calderon and Rod Wright. Calderon also faces federal corruption charges, while Wright was convicted of voter fraud and perjury. Even so, the three men will continue receiving their $95,000 annual salaries.
The vote came after Yee, who’s facing charges corruption and conspiracy to traffic firearms, officially announced he was dropping out of the race for secretary of state on Thursday.