SACRAMENTO (AP) — A California state senator reprimanded for hugging colleagues is apologizing to anyone who felt his frequent embraces were unwelcome.

Sen. Bob Hertzberg, a Democrat from the Los Angeles area, said in a letter Thursday that he has greeted people with hugs all his life.

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He says they were intended to demonstrate warmth and kindness along with his exuberance.

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He also said the misconduct allegations against him were exploited by opponents as he proposed overhauling California’s money bail system for offenders awaiting trial.

Hertzberg said the Legislature should do a better job of keeping harassment complaints confidential during investigations.

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