Senate Republican Leader Calls for Secretary of the California Senate to Recuse Himself from Investigation

Thursday, March 2, 2017

SACRAMENTO – On Wednesday, Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles), chair of the Senate Rules Committee, appointed a three-person panel to investigate an incident that occurred on the floor of the Senate chambers involving the physical removal of Republican State Senator Janet Nguyen (R-Garden Grove).

The panelists investigating the egregious incident include the ombudsman of the Senate Ethics Committee, the consultant for the vice-chair of the Senate Rules Committee, and Daniel Alvarez, secretary of the California State Senate. It’s unclear what or when the next step will be for the panel.

“Daniel Alvarez should recuse himself from the panel considering his involvement last Thursday in the mismanagement of session and the forced removal of Senator Nguyen. I’m disappointed that he was appointed to be one of the three panel members to investigate the improper actions leading up to Senator Nguyen being silenced and then removed from the chambers,” said Senate Republican Leader Jean Fuller (R-Bakersfield).

Yesterday, Senator Fuller delivered a letter to members of the Senate Rules Committee outlining her previous request for a formal investigation that will be comprehensive and transparent. Media can view the letter HERE.

Media can view a portion of the video where Senator Nguyen was physically removed from the floor by two sergeants-at-arms: