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Senate panel begins hearings on challenge to Sen. Galuteria

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By CATHY BUSSEWITZ
Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) - A panel of Hawaii lawmakers is discussing a challenge to a senator's qualifications to serve.

They're taking up a complaint from a citizen who claims that Sen. Brickwood Galuteria doesn't live in the district he represents.

A special Senate committee was formed to look into the matter and on Thursday it adopted a set of rules to follow while it conducts its business.

The rules set out a plan for the committee to review documents related to the accusations. The panel also may conduct further investigations if they think it's appropriate.

Finally, the panel will recommend a course of action, if any, to the Senate President.

Senators on the panel say the information they have is comprehensive enough to start the discussion. The panel plans to reconvene on Monday.

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