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Rosenberg stepping aside as Senate president during investigation into husband

Senate President Stanley Rosenberg (WBTS)

The Massachusetts Senate has voted to have the Senate Ethics Committee investigate sexual misconduct allegations surrounding the husband of former Senate President Stan Rosenberg.

The Senate Monday night also voted to authorize the committee to hire a special investigator to conduct the probe.

The Senate elected Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harriette Chandler to serve as acting Senate president during the investigation.

Rosenberg announced earlier Monday he would take a leave of absence from his responsibilities as Senate president. He has not been accused of wrongdoing.

The Boston Globe reported last week that several men accused the Amherst Democrat's husband, Bryon Hefner, of sexual assault or harassment.

The investigation will focus on whether Rosenberg knew about Hefner's alleged behavior, or if Hefner had any clout when it came to matters before the chamber.

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