SACRAMENTO (AP) — 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.READ MORE: LA City Parks Offering Free Grab-And-Go Lunches For Children, Teens Through August 9
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.READ MORE: FBI Investigating After Vehicle Explodes In Montclair Causing Power Outage
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.MORE NEWS: Aiden Leos, Boy Killed In Road Rage Shooting, To Receive Memorial Plaque At Orange County Zoo
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