LEGISLATURE

Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy has sent a deficit mitigation plan to state lawmakers. The plan provides several options for taxes and spending cuts to help balance the state’s budget. The budget is projected to be more than $200 million in deficit for the current fiscal year that ends on June 30.

A Kentucky state lawmaker has apparently killed himself after facing several allegations in reports by the investigative arm of Louisville Public Media — the most serious of which was the alleged sexual assault of a 17-year-old girl in the basement of the church where he served as pastor.

Sen. Stanley Rosenberg in his office at the Statehouse.
Sam Doran / State House News Service

It's been quite a few weeks for the Massachusetts Senate. Last Friday, former state Senator Brian Joyce pleaded not guilty to charges that he used his Senate office to collect up to $1 million in bribes and kickbacks. That went down while the Senate was dealing with some internal confusion.

Former Massachusetts Senate Assistant Majority Leader Brian Joyce was arrested Friday by federal authorities.
Sam Doran / State House News Service

Former state Sen. Brian Joyce was arrested Friday morning and charged in a federal indictment for allegedly using his legislative seat for private gain.

Mass. Sen. Stanley Rosenberg walks by Campus Pond at UMass Amherst, his alma mater, after speaking to students there Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017.
Stephanie Murray / State House News Service

We start this week on Beacon Hill, where Democrat Stan Rosenberg has, for now, temporarily stepped aside from his position as Senate president. 

GOP lawmakers in Massachusetts are celebrating a seat gained after a special election Tuesday. 

Downtown Amherst, Massachusetts, in a file photo.
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As leadership of the Massachusetts Senate slipped out of Sen. Stanley Rosenberg's hands Monday, officials nearly 100 miles away in the former Senate president's hometown applauded his decision to step aside and said there is a "deep well of support" for him in the western part of the state.

Mass. Senate Elects Acting President, Investigation Launched In Day Of Upheaval

Dec 5, 2017
Mass. Senate Majority Leader Harriette Chandler and Minority Leader Bruce Tarr talked to the press, backed up by most of their fellow members, following a marathon set of caucuses Monday that determined Chandler would be elected acting Senate president.
Sam Doran / State House News Service

The Massachusetts Senate initiated an Ethics Committee investigation on Monday night into its now former president Sen. Stanley Rosenberg in a dramatic day of upheaval that saw Worcester Democrat Harriette Chandler installed as the new acting Senate president pending the outcome of an investigation into sexual harassment and Senate interference by Rosenberg's husband.

Sen. Stanley Rosenberg in his office at the Statehouse.
Sam Doran / State House News Service

Updated at 1:00 p.m.

Massachusetts Senate President Stanley Rosenberg, under mounting pressure from inside and outside of the Statehouse, intends to step down as the leader of the Senate for the unknown duration of an investigation into allegations of sexual assault against his husband Bryon Hefner. 

Mass. State Senator Stan Rosenberg in a file photo.
File photo / State House News Service

Massachusetts State Senator Stan Rosenberg of Amherst said he wants to give up the title of Senate president -- at least temporarily.

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