... DeLeo hopes accord on short-term rental regulation, taxation will be ready for vote this week ...... Agreement on bill raising tobacco purchase age may emerge for vote this week, DeLeo says ...... Baker: state budget delay is affecting issues that "really matter" to people - opioid, housing bills ...... "This is a terrible tragedy" - Gov. Baker on shooting death of Weymouth woman, police officer ...... Baker reiterates support for death penalty for killing police officers ...... Governor confident that municipal police training investments will make it into budget ...... After rep warns of fraud, House rejects commission to study solar industry advertising, sales ...... Talks on late state budget limp deeper into July, House GOP leader calls it "unbelievable" ...... Senate passes bill creating commission to study the prevalence of lead in school drinking water ...... Procedural approach adds complexity to potential House-Senate compromise on clean energy proposals ...... Former EPA chief Gina McCarthy adds voice to supporters of Senate energy bill ...... Spilka says policy differences are not holding up the budget, won't say what is ...... "It's getting later and later. It's imperative that we do a budget, and we do a budget immediately" - Speaker DeLeo ...... House unwillingness to adopt Safe Communities Act has "crossed the line for a lot of people," Elugardo says ...... Automatic voter registration bill easily clears Senate, could reach Gov. Baker's desk soon ...... Nurse staffing proposal will appear as Question 1 on the November ballot ...... Question 3 in November will call for repeal of 2016 transgender accommodations law ...... Judiciary Committee agrees to July 17 deadline to report on Baker's child predators bill ...
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SENATE ELECTS CHANDLER ACTING PRESIDENT, EMBARKS ON INVESTIGATION [+VIDEO]

By Matt Murphy, Michael P. Norton, Katie Lannan and Colin A. Young
STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE

STATE HOUSE, BOSTON, DEC. 4, 2017....[Story Developing] The Senate elected Senate Majority Leader Harriette Chandler of Worcester Monday night to serve as acting president during an investigation they were prepared to initiate into alleged sexual misconduct by Sen. Stanley Rosenberg's husband Bryon Hefner and Hefner's possible influence on Senate business.

Senators, after a full day of closed door deliberations, also said they welcomed an invitation by prosecutors to explore possible criminal wrongdoing and outlined the process they plan to use to conduct their own investigation into the situation centered around one of the state's most powerful Democrats.

The Senate investigation should "take as long as it takes," Senate Minority Leader Bruce Tarr, signaling a potentially long period of uncertainty in the Senate about the outcome of the probe, leadership considerations, and impacts on the policy agenda of Democratic House and Senate leaders.


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