U.S. Senate Committee on Rules and Administration

California Senate panel approves tougher ethics rules

California Senate panel approves tougher ethics rules

The state Senate Rules Committee on Wednesday approved three measures aimed at improving ethics in the scandal-plagued upper house, including the creation of an ombudsman to receive allegations of misconduct and a blackout on campaign fundraising during the last month of session.

The three resolutions next go to the full Senate for approval. They were drafted in response to the suspension of Democratic Sens. Leland Yee of San Francisco, Ronald Calderon of Montebello and Roderick Wright of the Inglewood area after the three were charged with criminal violations in separate cases.

Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento) said the Senate has a good process for...

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