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Commission not ready to vote, not even just on North Idaho compromise…

Redistricting Commissioner Lorna Finman moved to approve L-71, the North Idaho compromise she negotiated with Commissioner Julie Kane. But though Kane said, “I think we do have an agreement on that area,” she said, “I think our position all along has been that we don't want to do this piecemeal, that it needs to come all together, including the congressional line. … I think it all needs to be in a package. I really would not like to vote on it at this point.” Over the protests of Co-Chairman Evan Frasure, Finman said, “I would be willing to yield on that vote, withdraw the motion.” So now there'll be no vote on that. Frasure said, “I'm giving up hope. Is there anything else to come before the committee?” He proposed adjourning - throwing in the towel, and admitting the panel won't be able to reach agreement on new legislative and congressional districts before 5 p.m. today.

Finman said, “I would prefer, I think we're still doing some work on some of the other areas. I'd like to, even if we don't make it today, try to make a little more progress.” Kane said, “I concur with Commissioner Finman. I think we at least have to make our best effort through our deadline, and I would request that we go upstairs and try to work some more.” For the moment, Frasure and Commissioner Allen Andersen are discussing various options for eastern Idaho.


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

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