SACRAMENTO, Calif. - A Republican state lawmaker from Southern California was ousted Wednesday from two legislative committees after he was caught on tape bragging about his penchant for spanking and of having sex with female lobbyists.

Assemblyman Mike Duvall of Yorba Linda made the comments to another man during a break in a committee meeting and they were caught on a microphone at his desk.

In a recording broadcast by KCAL-TV in Los Angeles, the 54-year-old lawmaker talks about a recent sexual escapade with a woman he says is 18 years younger than him.

"I like spanking her," he is heard to say on the videotape. "She goes, 'I know you like spanking me.' I said, 'Yeah, that's cause you're such a bad girl."'

He then brags about an affair he is having with another lobbyist.

Duvall apologized Wednesday for the comments on his campaign Web site. Duvall's spokeswoman did not immediately respond to a call from The Associated Press.

Duvall, a father of two, received a 100 per cent rating from a conservative advocacy group, for his votes on legislation considered pro-family during the 2007-08 legislative session.

Assembly Speaker Karen Bass, Democrat, asked the Assembly Ethics Committee to investigate. She also removed Duvall from the Assembly Utilities and Commerce Committee, which considers utility regulations, and the Assembly Rules Committee.

Assembly Minority Leader Sam Blakeslee said he also asked Duvall to step down as a member of the Republican caucus leadership.

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