By CATHY BUSSEWITZ
HONOLULU (AP) - The Hawaii House of Representatives has voted to keep Rep. Calvin Say seated in the House. He had been challenged over whether he lives in the district he represents.
The House on a voice vote Friday said Say is qualified to serve based on the recommendations of a special committee.
It was the first known time in Hawaii history that a legislative panel was assembled to decide whether a representative has the qualifications to serve.
A group of voters had argued the Democrat isn't qualified because he doesn't live in the district he represents. Then a special House committee was formed to investigate.
The special committee says there's no compelling evidence that Say doesn't live in his Palolo Valley home.
The challengers questioned the thoroughness of the committee's investigation.