SACRAMENTO -- Two months after state Sen.
Senate President Pro Tem
Newly elected Sen.
The committee had also removed Calderon as a member of the Senate Banking and Financial Institutions Committee, so Steinberg on Monday recommended that Sen.
Calderon’s former seat on the Senate Governmental Organization Committee should be filled by
Calderon was removed from the committees after an FBI affidavit indicated he was under investigation for allegedly accepting $88,000 in bribes to act on legislation affecting film tax credits and workers' compensation payments. Nobody has been charged with any crime in the case.
In November, Calderon denounced his removal from committees "while I am defending myself against false allegations."
Meanwhile, Senate members normally sit in pairs at desks in the chambers, but a new seating chart has Calderon sitting alone, with the desk next to him unoccupied to reflect the recent resignation of state Sen.