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rod_wright.jpgOne day after Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg announced state Sen. Rod Wright will take an indefinite paid leave of absence, three Republican senators said they will push for Wright's expulsion during the upper house's next regular floor session, on Thursday.

The move comes several weeks after a Los Angeles County jury found Wright, D-Baldwin Hills, guilty of eight counts of voter fraud and perjury related to charges he lied about where he lived.

Steinberg, D-Sacramento, announced Tuesday that Wright will continue to receive his $95,291 annual salary while on leave. His sentencing has been postponed until mid-May.

Republican Sens. Steve Knight, Joel Anderson and Andy Vidak said in a statement Wednesday that they will move for a two-thirds vote on a resolution to expel Wright.

In a resolution, the senators write, "The Senate leadership has had, since January 28, 2014, the option of requesting Senator Wright to resign from the Senate but has not done so."

Steinberg said in a prepared statement that "Senate leadership has already moved swiftly and decisively to address" the matter.

"Senator Wright has taken a leave of absence until his criminal case is resolved," Steinberg said. "He's not coming back unless the judge sets aside the verdict. Period."

He said, "These Republican resolutions will be addressed if they are brought up on the floor."

Editor's note: This post was updated at 2:23 p.m. Wednesday to include Steinberg's remarks.

PHOTO: Sen. Rod Wright, D-Inglewood, sits in the state Senate on Monday, Feb. 3, 2014. The Sacramento Bee/Hector Amezcua



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