- Associated Press - Friday, March 28, 2014

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown is calling on three Democratic state lawmakers involved in separate criminal proceedings to resign from office, saying it is the best way to “restore public confidence.”

Brown’s statement Friday follows the Senate’s vote to suspend Sens. Ron Calderon of Montebello, Roderick Wright of Inglewood and Leland Yee of San Francisco.

The governor says in a statement released by his office that “Given the extraordinary circumstances of these cases - and today’s unprecedented suspensions - the best way to restore public confidence is for these Senators to resign.”

Yee was charged this week with accepting bribes and attempting to coordinate an international gun-running operation.

Friday’s suspension vote prevents the lawmakers from exercising any power of their office but allows them to keep receiving their paychecks.

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