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House OKs Kennedy Replacement, But Not Immediately

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The Massachusetts House has given final approval to a bill allowing the governor to appoint an interim replacement for the late Sen. Edward Kennedy.

The 95-59 House vote came moments after a separate vote in which lawmakers declined to make the law go into effect immediately — leaving it to Gov. Deval Patrick to have to declare an emergency if he wants a replacement right away.

The bill now moves to the Senate for final action.

A family confidant says Kennedy's two sons, Edward Kennedy Jr. and Rep. Patrick Kennedy, want former Democratic National Committe chairman Paul Kirk to get the appointment.

This program aired on September 23, 2009. The audio for this program is not available.

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