de León boots Mendoza from Senate Banking and Finance

Screenshot 2017-11-15 at 07.55.51California’s Senate leader on Friday expanded an effort to transfer sexual harassment investigations to outside experts, while taking action to remove a Los Angeles lawmaker accused of inappropriate behavior from an influential committee chairmanship.

The decision by Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles) comes less than one day after the latest accusation against Sen. Tony Mendoza (D-Artesia).

Mendoza would be suspended from his chairmanship of the Senate Banking and Financial Institutions Committee, as well as other “boards and commissions” pending the outcome of an investigation, according to a statement from De León’s office.

Mendoza, who shared a Sacramento house with De León until last week, has denied sexually harassing former employees — including one who he allegedly invited to his home to work on her resume, and another who said he sent her texts after hours.

Los Angeles Times

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