- Associated Press - Monday, April 17, 2017

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - The only Democrat in the California Assembly who voted against a major transportation deal has been stripped of his position as chairman of the Business and Professions Committee.

Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon announced Monday he had removed Assemblyman Rudy Salas of Bakersfield from the committee. Salas was moved to the Assembly Rules Committee.

The announcement came on the first day the Assembly convened since approving a transportation funding plan to provide more than $5 billion a year to repair California roads. Salas was the only Democrat in the Assembly to vote against the plan that raised the gasoline tax and vehicle fees.

Rendon wouldn’t say whether he removed Salas from the committee because of his vote. A spokesman for Salas said he was not available for comment.

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