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Judge orders Rep. Say to prove he lives in his district

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 2:59 p.m. HST, Jul 11, 2014

A Circuit Court judge has ordered state Rep. Calvin Say to prove that he lives in the Palolo state House district he has represented since he was first elected in 1976.

The former House speaker has insisted that a 10th Avenue home in Palolo is his residence even through he also spends time at a Pauoa Valley home for family reasons.

But six voters in Say's House district have challenged his residency, and Judge Karen Nakasone, after reviewing the complaint, has placed the burden on Say to answer in a court hearing on Aug. 8, one day before the Aug. 9 primary election.

The Intermediate Court of Appeals ruled in April that the Circuit Court has the jurisdiction to determine whether lawmakers are qualified voters of the districts they want to represent, a requirement of the state Constitution. Nakasone had initially determined that the city clerk, and not the court, had jurisdiction over the issue.

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