SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The Latest on the Senate’s decision to extend a leave of absence for California Sen. Tony Mendoza (all times local):
A California senator accused of sexual misconduct says the Senate treated him unfairly by extending his leave of absence while the allegations are investigated.
Democratic Sen. Tony Mendoza of Artesia said Thursday that he was given no prior notice of the move. He says lawmakers should take it up directly with him if they feel he should extend his time away from the Senate.
Earlier this month, Mendoza agreed under pressure from his fellow Democrats to take a leave of absence for the rest of January while investigators look into allegations that he behaved inappropriately toward three women on his staff.
A Senate panel voted 5-0 Thursday to extend Mendoza’s leave for another 60 days or until the investigation is completed.
A California lawmaker who took a paid leave of absence until the end of the month won’t be allowed to return while investigators look into allegations that he acted inappropriately toward young women working in his office.
Democratic Sen. Tony Mendoza of Artesia had planned to return to work next week despite the ongoing investigation. He’s refused demands by many of his colleagues to stay away from the Capitol during the probe.
A Senate panel on Thursday extended his suspension for 60 more days or until the investigation concludes. The committee also restricted his access to the Capitol and legislative resources.
Mendoza has denied wrongdoing and didn’t immediately comment.
Republican Sen. Joel Anderson of Alpine says the full Senate, not the committee, should have voted on suspension.