Senate President M. Teresa Paiva Weed has named her committee chairs. As expected, Senator Michael McCaffrey holds onto his judiciary post. He is opposed to same-sex marriage and could pose an obstacle to the bill reaching the floor.
The progressive Josh Miller heads the corporations committee, which handles business regulation, financial services, and insurance, among other topics.
Elsewhere, Rhoda Perry holds onto her health and human services post, Paul Fogarty holds onto labor, and Hanna Gallo keeps her education chair.
Susan Sosnowski remains atop environment and agriculture and Frank Ciccone III will handle government oversight. John J. Tassoni Jr. holds onto housing and Walter S. Felag Jr. will be atop special legislation, which handles gambling among other issues.