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Calderon Removed From Caucus Post

November 12, 2013


California State Senator Ron Calderon
California State Senator Ron Calderon

A California state senator under investigation by the FBI has been removed from his post on the California Latino Legislative Caucus, officials said Tuesday.

Sen. Ron Calderon, D-Montebello, will no longer serve on the caucus' executive board because of the "grave allegations," said Sen. Ricardo Lara in a press release.

Calderon is under investigation for allegedly accepting bribes over the state's film tax laws. He has not been charged with any crimes.

"Unfortunately, recent allegations against one of our Caucus members threaten to overshadow our accomplishments and undermine the integrity of the Caucus as a whole," Lara said. "We take these grave allegations serious. While we make no judgment as to the veracity, we have a duty to protect the integrity of a distinguished Caucus."

To replace Calderon on the executive board, Lara appointed Sen. Norma Torres of Pomona to sit on the Senate on Legislative on Ethics.

The caucus is made up of Hispanic legislators who meet to work on issues that affect the Hispanic community.

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