HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – Voters in a central Pennsylvania state Senate district will get a chance in January to pick a replacement for a four-term senator who resigned last week after being arrested on child pornography possession charges.
Lt. Gov. John Fetterman said in a Wednesday statement that Jan. 14 is the earliest possible date to restore representation to residents of the heavily Republican district, which is based in Lebanon County.READ MORE: Pittsburgh Zoo Temporarily Closes Admissions After Reaching Capacity For 'ZooBoo' Event
A preliminary hearing on the charges against Republican Mike Folmer is scheduled for Thursday. Folmer hasn’t commented.READ MORE: Lawrenceville Fire Reportedly Rekindles Briefly Morning After
Investigators allegedly found two images of child pornography on Folmer’s cell phone after they asked him to turn it over at his house in Lebanon County. Authorities were acting on a tip from a social media website.
Folmer’s resignation left the 50-seat Senate with a 27-22 Republican majority.MORE NEWS: Butler, Blair Counties Among Several To Receive Funding From Wolf Administration To Fight Homelessness
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