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Redistricters agree on public hearing schedule

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.

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

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