House agrees with report, Say qualified to represent district

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Rep. Calvin Say will continue to represent District 20 (St. Louis Heights, Palolo, Maunalani Heights, Wilhelmina Rise, Kaimuki).

The state House of Representatives voted Friday to adopt the final report of the special committee formed to investigate the speaker emeritus.

Last week, the committee determined Say met all qualifications to represent District 20 (St. Louis Heights, Palolo, Maunalani Heights, Wilhelmina Rise, Kaimuki).

Its investigation was conducted in response to a petition filed by voters, claiming the representative does not actually live in his district.

Say’s official residence is in Palolo Valley, but the group says the representative lives at his in-laws’ house in Nuuanu.

The committee reviewed written documentation and presentations from attorneys on both sides before making its final decision.

The report noted that the committee followed procedures that were consistent with the way other state legislatures handled similar internal investigations.

The report also noted that the bulk of the documents submitted to the committee by both parties were previously reviewed by the Honolulu City Clerk’s office and the State Office of Elections in earlier unsuccessful challenges.

The special committee found no “compelling evidence” that Rep. Say did not meet the requisite qualifications to represent District 20. The full House concurred.

Information and public documents relating to the matter are available online.

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