Panel reviews Calvin Say residency challenge

Panel reviews Calvin Say residency challenge
Published: Feb. 13, 2015 at 11:15 PM HST|Updated: Feb. 14, 2015 at 5:17 AM HST
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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A special legislative panel is investigating whether a longtime lawmaker is qualified to hold office. The attorney for a group of voters contends that former House Speaker Calvin Say doesn't actually lives in the district he represents.

Say's official residence is a home in Palolo Valley, but critics contend that he resides at his in-laws' house in Nuuanu. Say's lawyer, however, insists that his client just spends a lot of time at the Nuuanu home since his wife and sons moved into that house to care for her ailing parents.

"His wife and boys moved out to be caregivers. I don't think that's unreasonable. I also think it's reasonable that he spends a lot of time there having dinner and staying with the family when he can, but that does not change intent," said attorney Bert Kobayashi Jr.

"This is not in any way to belittle or say that it's wrong for people to take care of their family members or to be with their family. It's just a matter of what the legal consequence is when you set up your life outside of your district," said Lance Collins, attorney for the petitioners.

The Palolo home is currently being renovated, according to Say's attorney.

The panel will hold a public meeting once it comes up with a draft recommendation. Lawmakers hope to have a final report in two weeks.

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