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Redistricters likely won’t get GOP legislative district plan ‘til Monday

Idaho's bipartisan citizen redistricting commission is back at work this morning, but GOP Commissioner Lou Esposito said he's not going to be able to present his new legislative district plan today. “We've made some considerable progress. I think we are well on target to be able to present a full plan with all the documentations, similar to what our fellow commissioners presented last week, Monday morning,” he said. “We were hoping to make this afternoon and it's just, we're just not going to get there, but I'll be working on pulling that together through the weekend.”

The commissioners took care of some business this morning, reviewing their budget status, looking over minutes and discussing their schedule for next week, then recessed until 2 this afternoon. “We're down to basically 30 days to get it done,” said Co-Chairman Evan Frasure.

Esposito said afterward, “The main focus is the plan I'm developing really is going to be consistent in terms of meeting the constitutional, statutory and court guidelines, so we're taking all those into account.” He said, “Hopefully the other commissioners will find it something they can support. At the very least, hopefully it'll be a starting point for coming together and arriving at a plan that we can get a 6-0 vote on.” He added, “We're going as hard as we can. I left here late last night bleary-eyed, but we're getting there. We're making good progress.”

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Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.

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