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Ethics panel strips Brockton senator of chairmanship following OUI arrest

Massachusetts state Senator Michael D. Brady, during his OUI trial in Quincy District Court last June. –David L Ryan/Globe Staff /File 2019

A state senator from Brockton was stripped of a chairmanship Thursday night following an ethics investigation of his behavior during an arrest for drunken driving in Weymouth last year.

The Senate Committee on Ethics found that Senator Michael D. Brady, a Democrat, violated a rule that prohibited a member using or trying to use “improper means to influence an agency, board, authority, commission of the Commonwealth,’’ according to a report released Thursday.

The committee recommended he be removed as the Senate chair of the Joint Committee on Public Service, a post that includes a $16,000 annual stipend.

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