Idaho's redistricting commission has unanimously approved plans for 11 public hearings in June outside the Treasure Valley area, a day after the panel deadlocked over differing hearing schedules. Already the commission had held hearings in Boise and, last night, in Caldwell. Here's the rest of the June schedule:
June 14, Rexburg, 7-9 p.m.; June 15, Idaho Falls, 2-4 p.m., and Pocatello, 7-9 p.m.; June 16, Soda Springs, 7-9 p.m.; June 22, Sandpoint, 2-4 p.m., and Coeur d'Alene, 7-9 p.m.; June 23, Moscow 2-4 p.m. and Lewiston, 7-9 p.m.; June 28, Burley, 7-9 p.m.; June 29, Twin Falls, 7-9 p.m.; and June 30, Hailey/Ketchum, 7-9 p.m.
“Based on the discussion we had yesterday regarding the need to hold public hearings around the state … we felt that would probably be a positive thing we should do,” Democratic commission Co-Chair Allen Andersen of Pocatello said. He noted that staff indicated the commission's budget can handle the additional hearings.
The compromise: More hearings, as the Republicans originally proposed; on several occasions doing two in one day for cost savings, as the Democrats originally proposed. The commission will later consider additional public hearings in July.
Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.
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