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At loggerheads, redistricters start killing congressional district plans

GOP Redistricting Commissioner Evan Frasure, butting heads with Democratic Commissioner George Moses, moved to approve plan C-45 as the new congressional district plan, one of two options offered today to slightly revise the earlier compromise plan C-38 from GOP Commissioner Lou Esposito. All three GOP commissioners voted in favor, Moses voted no, and Democratic Commissioners Allen Andersen and Julie Kane abstained. That means the plan died, as it takes at least four votes to adopt a plan. "It's a crying shame," Frasure declared. "These bills that we're in the process of killing are excellent bills, and a lot of work went into them."

Frasure then moved to adopt C-44, another plan that varies only slightly from C-45. GOP Commissioner Lorna Finman seconded the motion. It then went down with three GOP votes in favor, and the three Democrats abstaining. "I am not ready to vote at this time," said Kane.

Andersen then called a 10-minute break. Notably, there is no rule in the redistricting commission that prevents a plan that's been voted down once from being proposed again - like there is in the Legislature's Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee on budget motions, where failed motions must be at least slightly altered before being proposed again.

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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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