The Associated Press has this item about the Hawaii state Senate forming a special committee to look into Sen. Brickwood Galuteria’s residency status.

As Civil Beat reported earlier this year, the senator has admitted that he has improperly claimed a rental property in Palolo as his primary residence.

The valley is not part of Galuteria’s District 12, which represents Waikiki, Ala Moana, Moiliili, McCully and Kakaako.

Senator Brickwood Galluteria during ways and means committee meeting.  3 march 2015. photograph Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Senator Brickwood Galluteria.

Cory Lum/Civil Beat

The City and County of Honolulu in February said that Galuteria owes more than $7,200 in property taxes and fees on the Palolo property.

However, the City Clerk also determined Galuteria has lived in Kakaako since 2011, “bolstering the senator’s insistence that he has a right to represent the district,” as Civil Beat reported.

Galuteria was formerly majority leader in the Senate.

The challenge to Galuteria’s residency is the second such case this year involving a state lawmaker.

Last month, the Hawaii House of Representatives voted unanimously to adopt an investigative report that found no evidence that Rep. Calvin Say, a former speaker, did not meet qualifications to represent District 20, which includes Palolo.

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