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UPDATE: Governor Deval Patrick announced today that a special election will be held on Jan. 19 to fill the seat vacated by the death of Senator Edward M. Kennedy.
By Frank Phillips, Globe Staff
A state legislative committee will hold a hearing next week on a bill to allow Governor Deval Patrick to appoint a temporary replacement for Senator Edward M. Kennedy while a special election is held to fill his seat, a signal that Beacon Hill is moving to accommodate Kennedy's request that Massachusetts maintain two voices in the Senate.
"Here's the thing, if we were talking about prospectively doing this for an opening that may come up in the future, that would be one thing," said Tisei. "But we're doing it based on -- there is currently an opening right now, the law that's in place has been activated, and to change the rules while you have the process underway, probably does raise some questions."
I asked if a legal challenge was possible. "Yes, because again, we're changing the succession law in Massachusetts while the process that -- there is a process underway," said Tisei.