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Sens. Alex Padilla, Darrell Steinberg

State Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento), right, and Sen. Alex Padilla (D-Pacoima) confer after a bipartisan vote to suspend three Democratic senators. The three -- Ronald Calderon, Leland Yee and Roderick Wright -- will continue to be paid. Steve Yeater / Associated Press
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