Picking Warren as V.P. could put Mass. laws under microscope again

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BOSTON (AP) — Talk of Democratic U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren as a possible running mate for presumptive presidential nominee Hillary Clinton is throwing a fresh spotlight on Massachusetts’ process for filling an empty Senate seat.

The process has been changed twice in recent years by the Democrat-controlled state Legislature, depending on whether a Democrat or Republican was governor.

In 2009, lawmakers changed the law to let then-Democratic Gov. Deval Patrick name an interim appointment to the late Sen. Edward Kennedy’s seat while a special election was held.

Five years earlier, Democrats changed the law to block then-Gov. Mitt Romney, a Republican, from naming a replacement for Democratic Sen. John Kerry who was running for president. Kerry lost.

Democratic House Speaker Robert DeLeo says he’s not keen on tinkering with the law again.

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