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LOS ANGELES (AP) - A Republican assemblyman says he was refused membership in the California Latino Legislative Caucus and now the state attorney general has been asked to investigate the group and its policies.

Assemblyman Rocky Chavez of Oceanside tells the Los Angeles Times (http://lat.ms/1kdOMzK ) he was told last year that Republicans are not allowed in the 24-member caucus.

The newspaper says that rejection has sparked debate in and out of the Legislature about the diversity of opinion in Latino politics and whether taxpayers should be supporting legislative caucuses that have a partisan agenda.

Sen. Joel Anderson, R-Alpine, has asked the state attorney general to investigate, saying the group's name implies equal access for all Latino legislators.

Caucus chairman Sen. Ricardo Lara, D-Bell Gardens, says membership policies have been in place for 40 years.

Information from: Los Angeles Times, http://www.latimes.com

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