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Monning.JPGCalifornia state Senate leader Darrell Steinberg announced likely new committee appointments today, recommending that Democratic Sen. Bill Monning of Carmel become chair of the Insurance Committee that was previously headed by Sen. Ron Calderon, the subject of a federal corruption investigation.

Steinberg stripped Calderon of the position in November, after bribery allegations surfaced in a leaked FBI affidavit. The Senate also removed the Montebello Democrat as a member of the Banking, Environmental Quality and Governmental Organization committees.

Steinberg today said he would recommend that the Senate Rules Committee fill some of those positions, with Sen. Marty Block, D-San Diego, joining the Banking committee, and Sen. Norma Torres, D-Pomona joining the Governmental Organization committee.

Steinberg also announced filling a vacancy created by the unexpected resignation in December of Sen. Bill Emmerson, R-Redlands, recommending Sen. Jim Nielsen, R-Gerber, as vice chair of the budget and fiscal review committee.

Sen. Holly Mitchell, D-Los Angeles, who is joining the Senate following a special election in September, got her committee assignments: Insurance, Public Safety and Budget and Fiscal Review.

PHOTO: Sen. Bill Monning, D-Carmel during a joint session in the Assembly chambers in Sacramento, Calif. on Monday, March 11, 2013. The Sacramento Bee/Hector Amezcua


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