FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 5, 2014
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Expulsion of Sen. Wright Further Delayed
Senate Resolution 29 not taken up by Rules Committee
State Capitol – A Senate Resolution introduced by Senators Steve Knight (R-Antelope Valley), Joel Anderson (R-Alpine) and Andy Vidak (R-Hanford) requesting the expulsion of Sen. Roderick Wright (D-Inglewood), who was recently found guilty of eight felonies by a jury of his peers, has yet again been delayed.
SR 29 was denied a vote by the full Senate on the Floor last Thursday after the President pro Tempore offered a substitute motion that sent the resolution to the Senate Rules Committee. The Senate Rules Committee met on Wednesday, and though the item was requested to be heard via official letter, it was neither put on the agenda nor recognized by the committee.
Senator Anderson said, “Sadly, Senate leadership continues to use political ploys to shield its members from expelling a senator who’s been found guilty of eight felony counts.” He continued, “This suggests to Californians that senators believe they are above the law. That is not what I believe, and all Californians should have a right to know where their senators stand on SR29.”
At this point, there are several options from which the authors may chose, namely taking the measure up on the floor without reference to file during Thursday’s floor session, or waiting until March 12th, the next Rules Committee hearing.
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