The Buzz: ‘Senator 2’ comes forward

March 28, 2014 

Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, left, chats with Sen. Bob Huff last year.


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    In the Senate next week, the Agriculture Committee will consider a bill by Sen. Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, that would limit antibiotics being fed to livestock.

    Antibiotic-resistant bacteria have been proliferating, and Hill believes giving excessive amounts of the drugs to livestock may be worsening the problem.

    A similar bill by Assemblyman Kevin Mullin, D-South San Francisco, also would curb antibiotics in animal feed.

    – Jeremy B. White

Huff says he’s ‘Senator 2’

in FBI’s Yee affidavit

The FBI’s 137-page affidavit accusing Sen. Leland Yee of corruption and conspiring to traffic weapons contains references to “Senator 1,” “Senator 2” and “Legislator 1.”

One of the three mysteries was solved Friday when Senate Republican Leader Bob Huff said, “Evidently, yes, I was Senator 2.”

The affidavit describes an August 2013 meeting in which Yee introduced “Senator 2” to an undercover agent posing as a medical marijuana businessman.

“I did meet with Senator Yee and some long-haired guy in plain clothes,” Huff said. “He just kind of wanted to know what Republican opinions were on marijuana and why we were so opposed to it.”

A month later, the affidavit says, Yee’s campaign consultant Keith Jackson told the agent Yee was angry that the agent hadn’t paid him for the meeting with “Senator 2.” They arranged a meeting with Yee for that night, the affidavit says.

That’s when the agent handed Yee an envelope with $10,000 cash, authorities allege, and asked Yee how much it would cost to get Yee to introduce a marijuana bill.

“Senator Yee said that he would have to think about the number,” the affidavit says.

– Laurel Rosenhall

Worth repeating

“It’s never too late to do the right thing, even if it takes us four weeks to do it.”

SEN. STEVE WRIGHT, R-Palmdale, on the Senate’s vote to suspend three senators.

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