Mass. Senate Passes Succession Bill; Patrick Likely To Sign Measure Tomorrow

The Massachusetts state Senate today followed the action taken last week by the state House. The overwhelmingly Democratic (35 out of 40 seats) Senate voted 24-16 to change state law and allow Gov. Deval Patrick (D) to name an interim appointee to replace the late Sen. Edward Kennedy. He or she would then serve until the special election on Jan. 19.

The bill first has to be re-voted on Wednesday in both chambers of the state legislature, a seemingly routine matter, and then Patrick will sign the bill, perhaps as soon as tomorrow.

And then comes the fun part, seeing whom he will select. See my earlier post today on possible appointees.

And make sure to hear the full report by NPR's Tovia Smith on All Things Considered.

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