WEATHER: Philadelphia: sunny, high of 73; Harrisburg: sunny, high of 74; Pittsburgh: sunny, high of 79.
NEW THIS MORNING:
* Pennsylvania state Sen. Mike Folmer, R-Lebanon, has resigned from the General Assembly one day after he was charged with possession of child pornography, Republican leaders announced Wednesday, the Capital-Star reports.
* With Sen. Mike Folmer’s sudden resignation now official, Lt. Gov. John Fetterman has to decide when a special election will take place to fill the vacant 48th state senatorial district seat representing Lebanon County and parts of Dauphin and York counties. The election code provides Fetterman 10 days to set the date from when the resignation takes effect, which was Wednesday. The special election has to be at least 60 days from the resignation date, which eliminates the possibility of holding it on the same day as the Nov. 5 general election, the Patriot-News reports.
* A recent report from the Pennsylvania Attorney General shows that law enforcement across the state made over $15 million through the use of civil asset forfeiture between 2017 and 2018, WHYY writes.
* As lawmakers return to the state Capitol, the fight over the state’s minimum wage – long stuck at $7.25 an hour – looks set to continue well into the session, WITF reports.
* The number of Pennsylvanians admitted to hospitals after overdosing on opioids dropped by nearly 25% last year, a new report from the Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council (PHC4) has found, according to the Inquirer.
* A Pennsylvania appeals court panel refused Wednesday to revive a defamation lawsuit former state dog law enforcement chief Jessie Smith has been pursuing against her critics for seven years, the Patriot-News writes.
* Environmental activists in Pennsylvania, one of 13 states potentially impacted by the Trump administration’s announcement that it is revoking California’s ability to set tougher greenhouse gas standards for automobiles, pounced on the news, saying it was “unlawful” and would have “far-reaching negative consequences” for the Keystone State, the Capital-Star reports.
* Nearly $16 million in federal grants and private matching awards were announced this week for conservation projects throughout the Delaware River Watershed in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, and New York, the Inquirer reports.
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* The Inquirer tackles the latest skirmish in the ongoing war between bicyclists and cars in Philadelphia – this time, it’s over parking in bike lanes during religious services.
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9:30 a.m. - the PA House Aging & Older Adult Services Committee will meet. Room 205, Ryan Office Building, Harrisburg.
9:30 a.m. - the PA House Liquor Control Committee will meet. Room B31, Main Capitol, Harrisburg.
10 a.m. - the PA House Environmental Resources & Energy Committee will meet. Room G50, Irvis Office Building, Harrisburg.
10 a.m. - Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney will speak with middle school students at a town hall to kick off the 2019 High School Fair activities and discuss what to consider when selecting a high school. Students will attend the annual High School Fair the following day to meet representatives from prospective schools across the city. Freire Charter Middle School, 1026 Market St., Philadelphia.
10 a.m. - the Philadelphia City Council will meet. Room 400, City Hall, Philadelphia.
10 a.m. - the PA Senate Independent Regulatory Review Commission will meet. 14th Floor Conference Room, 333 Market St., Harrisburg.
11 a.m. - the PA House will reconvene. Main Capitol, Harrisburg.
11:20 a.m. - Mayor Kenney will deliver remarks at the ribbon-cutting to celebrate the grand opening of the Fashion District Philadelphia, the city's new entertainment and shopping destination. 901 Market St., Philadelphia.
5 p.m. - Mayor Kenney will join the Philadelphia Department of Public Health at an event to celebrate 50 years of providing quality healthcare to residents at public health centers. Mayor's Reception Room, City Hall, Room 202, Philadelphia.
6:20 p.m. - Mayor Kenney will deliver remarks at a panel series on fair housing presented by the Philadelphia City Archives. City Archives, 548 Spring Garden St., Philadelphia.
7 p.m. - Mayor Kenney will deliver remarks at an event to recognize first responders for their bravery and service to the community. 321 Chestnut St., Philadelphia.
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KICKER: “We are sickened and disturbed by the charges brought against Mike Folmer yesterday. We have reviewed the criminal complaint and spoke with Mike Folmer early this morning to insist on his resignation from the Senate. We are in receipt of his letter of resignation and the 48th Senatorial District seat is now vacant.” – Part of an emailed statement Wednesday from PA Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati and PA Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman. From the Capital-Star.