California senate suspends three lawmakers in criminal probes

California State Senator Leland Yee talks about state budget impasse in San FranciscoThe California state Senate suspended three Democratic lawmakers on Friday charged with federal criminal cases including Leland Yee, who was arrested this week in an FBI sweep on corruption and gun trafficking charges. The Senate voted 28-1 to suspend the three, all of whom have been charged with or convicted of criminal wrongdoing in separate cases, in a move that further erodes what had once been a Democratic two-thirds super-majority in the Senate. “An affirmative suspension puts this house on formal record that we unequivocally distance ourselves and the senate from the unfathomable allegations contained in the Yee indictment as well as the other case,” California Senate Democratic leader Darrell Steinberg said during the meeting. California Governor Jerry Brown, meanwhile, called on all three politicians to step down.

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