The redistricting commission has reconvened, and GOP Co-Chair Evan Frasure said, “We had an objection on the table, and we would like to withdraw that objection.” Now, Commissioner George Moses is presenting a legislative district plan; it calls for 35 legislative districts, with a total population deviation of 9.82 percent and just five counties split: Bonneville, Bannock, Twin Falls, Canyon and Bonner. It also takes one precinct from Teton County to make it and Madison County the right size for a district.
The upshot: The Democrats appear to have won the parliamentary struggle to move forward with consideration of legislative district plans without first voting on congressional district plans - at least for now.
Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.
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