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Compromise North Idaho legislative district plan submitted, praised

Redistricting Commissioners Julie Kane and Lorna Finman have presented their compromise plan for legislative districts in North Idaho, for Districts 1-7; it's been submitted as partial legislative plan L-71. “We 've eliminated that contentious backwards C,” Finman said. “We've been able to retain Clark Fork whole in District 1. Some of the top Kootenai County districts are not that dissimilar to what they currently are.” Said Kane, “We've had several pragmatic and honest discussions. I just want to make clear that this map is a compromise with a capital C.”

After briefly reviewing the new North Idaho plan, the commission took a break until 1 - though Democratic Commissioner George Moses was trying to lay another map before the commission. Co-Chairman Evan Frasure gaveled him down and recessed until 1 p.m.

The North Idaho compromise plan doesn't split precincts and doesn't violate the rule that districts must be connected by highways. GOP Commissioner Lou Esposito said, “Thank you, Commissioner Kane, Commissioner Finman. I think this has clearly demonstrated the ability to find resolution within in the context of what we're trying to accomplish here. I believe if we go back and look at the testimony that we received up north, that it gives incredible weight to that testimony and I applaud both of you.”


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

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