Keep in mind to update your bookmarks.
State Sen. Harriette Chandler, the Senate's majority leader and top deputy, is poised to become the chamber's acting Senate President and replace Stanley Rosenberg amid the whirlwind of turmoil that's enveloped the chamber.
During the brief session, Senate Minority Leader Bruce Tarr offered an order "to bring the Senate to formal session this afternoon for the goal of considering orders that relate to the operations of the Senate and the Senate presidency", and asked whether such an order would be allowed.
The announcement came late Monday after a almost eight-hour Democratic caucus held behind closed doors at the Statehouse.
The leave of absence is reportedly effective immediately. He has not been accused of wrongdoing.
The newspaper did not identify the men, granting them anonymity because they work with Rosenberg and interact with Hefner.
Bryon Hefner and Stan Rosenberg.
The order the Senate adopted states: "Ordered that when the Senate adjourns today it adjourn to meet again today at 1 o'clock p.m.in a full formal session without a calendar to be presided over by the Senate majority leader." Sen.
That announcement came late Monday after a almost eight-hour Democratic caucus held behind closed doors at the Statehouse.
"It pains me to say this", she told reporters Monday, before Rosenberg's decision was announced.
This new claim follows allegations by four men that Hefner sexually assaulted them in incidents over the last several years.
The Senate is expected to appoint an independent investigator whose focus likely would be on whether Rosenberg knew about Hefner's alleged behaviour, or if Hefner had any clout when it came to matters before the Senate.
In a joint statement Monday, Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey and Suffolk District Attorney Dan Conley urged anyone with information about Hefner to contact either of their offices.
The two said in a written statement Monday that they are committed to providing every survivor of sexual assault with what they called "a safe, respectful, victim- centred environment". Three told the Globe that Hefner grabbed their genitals, and one said Hefner kissed him against his will.
A powerful MA public official stepped down Monday as president of the State Senate amid accusations his husband sexually assaulted and harassed four men and bragged about his political influence. "Senators should insist on an investigation that's beyond reproach, and that won't be possible unless Rosenberg takes a leave from the presidency". But on Monday he informed colleagues just prior to a Democratic caucus that he would not serve as president during the probe, though he will remain in the Senate.
The Globe report said it found no evidence that Rosenberg knew about the alleged assaults.
As one of Beacon Hill's top-ranking Democrats, Rosenberg has defended what he calls the Senate's "zero-tolerance policy" for sexual harassment. He defended him in 2015 amid allegations that Hefner had boasted on social media of his influence in Senate affairs.
No matter what investigators find, it can't reflect well upon the Senate president.