It sounds like the change to the 2004 Massachusetts law regarding the filling of vacant Senate seats is more of a tweak than a complete 180 degree turn around. The proposal does not call for scrapping the special election process in favor of an appointed successor to serve what remains on the term. Rather, it addresses only the roughly 5-month timeframe before that election takes place.
Unfortunately, the very nature of our election cycles means that the window of opportunity to move major legislation through Congress is very short – making the proposed tweak on the table seem quite rational. The fate of Congressional legislation aimed at addressing critical global and national issues rests on this little vote in Massachusetts.