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Redistricters agree 5-1 to meet on both Sunday and Labor Day, if needed

Redistricters have now voted 5-1 to schedule meetings for both Tuesday and Monday, Labor Day, with the hope that those final meeting days won't be needed. Democratic Commissioner George Moses voted no, and urged the commission not to schedule a meeting on the day set aside to honor labor; he invited all the commissioners to be guests of the Teamsters Union at their annual Labor Day picnic that day in Municipal Park in Boise. GOP Commissioner Lou Esposito said perhaps having a potential Monday meeting date will serve as an incentive to make sure the commission finishes its work well before then. Commissioner Julie Kane noted that she may have to give away her WSU football tickets for Saturday's game. Moses said the picnic lunch invitation to the commissioners still stands. "Have lunch on us," he said.

Then, after more discussion of new publicly submitted redistricting plans, Commissioner Evan Frasure asked to recess until 3 p.m., saying, "Hopefully we're in the throes of coming up with a plan this afternon." When the panel reconvenes, it'll hear first from Secretary of State Ben Ysursa. Before the break, Democratic commissioners submitted a minor revision to their latest legislative district plan aimed at complying with the connecting-road rule in the Twin Falls area. Esposito said the GOP commissioners hope to present a "new plan" this afternoon.

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Betsy Z. Russell
Betsy Z. Russell joined The Spokesman-Review in 1991. She currently is a reporter in the Boise Bureau covering Idaho state government and politics, and other news from Idaho's state capital.

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