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California State Senators To Receive Refresher On Ethics

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — State senators are receiving a refresher in ethics as part of the fallout from a series of legal cases involving Democratic lawmakers this year.

Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg canceled committee hearings Wednesday and ordered senators and their top aides to devote the day to ethics training.

He says the purpose of the closed-door sessions is to reflect on existing practices and prevent compromising situations.

The Senate suspended Sens. Ronald Calderon of Montebello and Leland Yee of San Francisco after they were indicted on federal criminal charges involving bribery. Yee also was charged with trying to orchestrate weapons trafficking.

A third Democrat, Sen. Rod Wright of Los Angeles, was convicted earlier this year of voter fraud and perjury for lying about his legal residence.

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dialyn | April 23, 2014 at 9:49 a.m. ― 2 years, 11 months ago

It doesn't surprise me that there are unethical people in politics (there are unethical people everywhere), but it astounds me that anyone thinks that a class is going to change a person who is already ethics challenged. It strikes me that one of the purposes being to "....prevent compromising situations" could well be interrupted this way: "You don't have to change what you are doing; here's how to not get caught." The people already caught showed no respect for their office or for the voters. No class will change that.

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