Simitian stripped of committee chairmanship

February 14, 2008 9:55:14 PM PST
A state senator representing the Peninsula and South Bay has been stripped of a committee chairmanship in an apparent fight over budget cuts.

State senate president Don Perata removed Palo Alto Democrat Joe Simitian as chair of the Environmental Policy Committee.

This comes after what one senator described as a "raucous" budget committee hearing last night.

Perata and Simitian aren't commenting, but State Senator Darrell Steinberg says Simitian disagreed with others in the meeting about how to go about cutting $500 million in education funding.