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Lawmakers weigh action against embattled California senator

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Lawmakers are considering stripping committee assignments from a state senator targeted in a long-running FBI investigation.

Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg is asking the Rules Committee to remove Democratic Sen. Ron Calderon, Montebello, Calif., from the committees. Calderon already has been taken off the state film commission.

The meeting planned for Tuesday comes after Al Jazeera America reported it had obtained a sealed FBI affidavit alleging Calderon accepted $88,000 in return for his help promoting bills.

No charges have been filed and Calderon denies wrongdoing.

Though nothing has been proven, Steinberg says the claims are serious enough to cloud Calderon's interactions with colleagues, advocates and the public.

Calderon's lawyer, Mark Geragos, has said the contents of the affidavit are "demonstrably false" and whoever leaked the document committed a crime.

Committee is scheduled to meet at 1 p.m. PST.

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