Florida senator accused of groping removed as budget chair

Jack Latvala

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) A Florida senator being investigating over groping and harassment allegations is being removed from his powerful position as budget chairman.

Gov. Rick Scott said Monday that Republican Sen. Jack Latvala should step down from office if the allegations are true.

Senate President Joe Negron removed Latvala as chair of the Appropriations Committee and replaced him with Sen. Rob Bradley.

MORE: Florida Senate will investigate allegations against senator

Latvala has denied the allegations reported by Politico Florida last week that six women anonymously described Latvala groping them or making demeaning comments about their bodies. Negron has ordered an investigation into the claims.

Latvala is also a candidate for governor. Latvala didn’t answer a call to his cellphone and his mailbox was full.

MORE: Latvala, considered a GOP moderate, running for governor