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Time for the Monserrate Report
January 14th, 2010

The Senate select committee has finally released recommendations on how to properly punish Sen. Hiram Monserrate. Liz Benjamin has the report here. You can watch the committee discuss the report here.

The committee, as previously reported, is recommending Monserrate either be censured or expeled.

The report also recomends that if censured Monserrate should be stripped of his privileges. That means he would lose his seniority, committee positions, and any stipend he receives beyond his normal salary. Not many senators want to see Monserrate censured. Most would like to see him expelled.

If a vote for expulsion was allowed to come to the floor of the Senate it would almost certainly pass with bipartisan support. Its not yet clear that Sen. John Sampson will allow that to happen. Monserrate is already planning a legal battle to keep his seat.

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