Hearing date set on possible Kennedy replacement

August 31, 2009 12:44:39 PM PDT
Massachusetts legislators have scheduled a public hearing on whether to change state law to allow the governor to name an interim replacement for the late Sen. Edward Kennedy. Lawmakers decided Monday to set the hearing for Sept. 9. Kennedy himself requested the law change, which Gov. Deval Patrick supports.

Also Monday, Patrick set a date of Jan. 19 for a special election to fill Kennedy's seat.

Possible contenders include Kennedy's widow Vicki Kennedy, nephew and former Rep. Joseph Kennedy, Attorney General Martha Coakley, and several members of the state's congressional delegation.

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