- Associated Press - Monday, April 20, 2015

HONOLULU (AP) - A Senate panel has called a public meeting to review a challenge to a state senator over his qualifications to serve.

The special committee will meet Thursday to talk about the challenge against Sen. Brickwood Galuteria. A complaint alleges that Galuteria doesn’t live in the district he represents.

Senate President Donna Mercado Kim assembled the special committee in late March.

Galuteria maintains he does live in his district, which includes Waikiki and Kakaako. He says he respects the Senate leadership’s decision to look into the matter.

No public testimony will be accepted during the hearing.

The challenge marks the second of its kind during this year’s legislative session. Rep. Calvin Say also was challenged but a special House committee ruled in his favor, allowing him to remain seated.

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