- Associated Press - Monday, April 17, 2017

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - The Latest on a California lawmaker who opposed a Democratic transportation package (all times local):

4:25 p.m.

A Democratic lawmaker who was removed from a committee after he voted against a major transportation tax plan says he is prepared to face repercussions for his decision.

But Assemblyman Rudy Salas of Bakersfield says he is more worried about his constituents who will pay higher taxes.

Salas said Monday there seems to be a “high correlation” between him being removed as chairman of the Business and Professions Committee and his vote against a $52 billion transportation plan that raises gasoline taxes and vehicle fees to fund road repairs.

Salas was the only Assembly Democrat to vote against the plan. He said he decided to honor the promise he made to his constituents not to raise taxes despite pressure from other Democrats to support the plan.

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2:10 p.m.

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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