After hearing a presentation from the former redistricting commissioners on the plans they agreed on last week, new Idaho redistricting Co-Chairman Ron Beitelspacher said, “It's very difficult to draw legislative maps. I have done it in several sessions, several special sessions. It's extremely difficult. I want to thank you again for the effort you put into it. Some of us have just received your map for the first time; we need some time to look at it and study it. We will do that. The law requires us to have some public hearings, so we need to do that and let the public comment on your product, and we will do that.” He added, “I want to thank you for your efforts, thank you for your time, for coming down here, for the time spent on your own dime. Thank you very much.”
Commissioner Randy Hansen then asked for more information on which areas the commissioners found the most agreement on, so former Commissioner Lou Esposito ran through the legislative plan from north to south, pointing out the most difficult spots and the thinking of the former commissioners. You can listen live here to today's redistricting commission meeting.
Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.
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