Judge dismisses challenge to Rep. Say residency

Judge dismisses challenge to Rep. Say residency

HONOLULU (AP) - A lawsuit challenging the residency of state Rep. Calvin Say has been dismissed.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports Circuit Court Judge Karen Nakasone ruled Tuesday that the state House has exclusive power to determine qualifications of members.

She says court interference in the dispute before a House investigation of the complaint would be unconstitutional, premature and unwise.

Six voters in Palolo sued and said the Democrat doesn't live in the Palolo district he has represented since 1976.

The Hawaii Constitution requires legislators to be qualified voters within districts they represent.

Say has said his primary residence is in the Palolo district but that he spends time with his family at a Pauoa Valley home.

An attorney for the six voters, Lance Collins, says they likely will appeal the decision.

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