A special investigative committee decided today that Del. Francis W. White, who was accused of failing to reside within the Prince George's district that elected him, may take his seat in the House of Delegates "without qualifications."
White was not permitted to be sworn in with the rest of the House Wednesday because of the charge leveled by his opponent in September's Democratic primary, Frank J. Broschart.The investigative panel, headed by House Majority Leader Donald Robertson (D-Mongtomery), was set up to look into the matter.
Robertson said today the committee found that White began to reside in his district -- the 26th, which includes Kettering -- "about the 21st day of July 1977." He said testimony from the couple with whom White lives plus testimony from White and information gathered by investigators convinced the committee that White "firmed up his intention" to live in the 26th District no later than four months after moving there.
White was required to show that he both lived in the district and intended to make it his "permanent domicile" no later than six months before he filed to run for office.
White moved out of his former home in Greenbelt in the 24th District following separation from his wife. He was a County Council member before being elected to the House.
Neither White nor Broschart could be reached for comment last night.