State Sen. Roderick Wright has been indicted on eight felony counts in connection with a probe into whether he lived outside his Southern California district.
Wright pleaded not guilty Thursday to charges including perjury, voter fraud and filing a false declaration of candidacy. His next court date is Oct. 8.
Los Angeles County prosecutors believe Wright has claimed he lives in an Inglewood apartment, but has resided in Baldwin Hills in a neighboring district since 2000.
State lawmakers are required to live in the districts they serve. Those who live outside can be sued and removed from office.
A phone message left at the 25th District Democrat's office was not immediate returned.
Wright represents a region that includes the Palos Verdes Peninsula, the Los Angeles harbor area and suburbs south of Los Angeles.
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