Senate President Donna Mercado Kim is assembling a Senate special committee to look into allegations that Sen. Brickwood Galuteria lives outside the district he represents.
The complaint against Galuteria was filed by Richard W. Baker, a campaign worker for Republican Chris Lethem, one of Galuteria’s opponents in last year’s election.
Baker filed a similar complaint with the City Clerk’s Office, but the clerk concluded Galuteria had established his residency in Kakaako. Baker said he has since appealed that decision to the city Board of Registration.
On Feb. 3 Baker also wrote to Kim to ask her to take up his allegations regarding Galuteria. Baker wrote that after filing his complaint with the city clerk in January, "I have since been informed that, in view of your position and authorities as president of the Senate, my complaint should be addressed directly to you."
Galuteria (D, Kakaako-McCully-Waikiki) says he lives in the district he represents, but said members of the public have a right to file grievances, "and I respect this process. My colleagues are just doing due diligence as state lawmakers that they have been assigned to do."