Hawaii Senate panel to review senator's qualifications

Hawaii Senate panel to review senator's qualifications


Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) - The Hawaii state Senate has formed a special committee after questions were raised about whether Sen. Brickwood Galuteria lives in his district.

Senate President Donna Mercado Kim says in a letter that the new committee will explore whether Galuteria is qualified to serve.

She says the committee will review information and evidence to decide whether it needs to take further action.

It's the second time this year that a Hawaii lawmaker's qualifications have been questioned based on where he lives. Rep. Calvin Say faced a special House committee when his qualifications were challenged but he was cleared by the panel in March.

Say's was the first challenge of its kind in Hawaii.

Galuteria didn't immediately respond to a request for comment. He represents Waikiki and other parts of Honolulu.

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