BOSTON — The state Senate has rejected a Republican-backed proposal for a special prosecutor to investigate the failure of the state's health connector website.
Senate GOP leader Bruce Tarr argued on Wednesday that the breakdown of the website during the state's transition to the federal Affordable Care Act cost Massachusetts taxpayers up to $1 billion, and that appointment of a special prosecutor could help to recover some of that money and determine whether any laws were broken.
The proposal was defeated 31-8 along mostly party lines, with Democrats saying it was unnecessary in light of ongoing probes.
State officials have confirmed receiving a subpoena from the U.S. Attorney's office seeking Connector records dating back to 2010.
Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey is reportedly investigating the performance of the software company that developed the failed website.
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