While there has been no formal announcement, Democratic leaders do not expect Wayne Bryant to seek re-election to his fifth district Senate seat. Bryant has reportedly been the center of a federal probe into legislative conflicts of interest involving the state budget. His law firm, through a newspaper ad, announced that their affiliation will end on March 1. Senate President Richard Codey has no intention of restoring Bryant to his post as Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee. Instead, Senate sources say, Majority Leader Bernard Kenny will run the budget process on the Senate side this year.