FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 10, 2014
CONTACT: Peter DeMarco @ 916-651-4029
Majority of Senate Democrats Continue to Avoid Taking Official Action On Senators Calderon, Wright
SACRAMENTO – Senate Republican Leader Bob Huff (R-Diamond Bar) said today that Democrat legislative leadership should have allowed for a vote to codify the self-imposed leaves of absence of Senators Ron Calderon (D-Montebello) and Rod Wright (D-Inglewood.) Huff introduced Senate Resolutions 34 & 35 to formally suspend Calderon and Wright. Instead, the measures were referred to the Senate Rules Committee where no further action is expected.
“The people of California continue to ask why the Senate won’t vote to take action, so this will continue to be a distraction,” Huff said. “These resolutions allowed for all senators to act and be heard, but in a way that respected the legal process. Had Democrat leadership allowed a vote today, we could have formalized and implemented the actions that the President pro Tem has called for in the media and which both Senators Calderon and Wright have voluntarily agreed to follow.
“Instead, all Republicans – and three Democrats – voted against a parliamentary procedure that blocked a formal vote and the issue continues to dog the Senate. At some point this institution must act so we can move forward. Today was not that day.”
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Senator Huff serves as the Senate Republican Leader and represents the 29th Senate District covering portions of Los Angeles, Orange and San Bernardino Counties.