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Idaho Supreme Court overturns redistricting plan, rules it unconstitutional

The Idaho Supreme Court has ruled 4-1 against the new legislative redistricting plan, L-87, developed by Idaho's second bipartisan redistricting commission this year, holding that it violates the Idaho Constitution. A court challenge led by Twin Falls County contended the plan was unconstitutional because it unnecessarily split counties. The court found that since the plan's unconstitutional, it "must be revised," and ordered, "The commission for reapportionment is directed to reconvene to adopt a revised plan."  A second challenge to L-87 from a group of North Idaho counties was scheduled for arguments at the high court tomorrow, but the justices declared that one moot, canceling the arguments. You can read the court's full opinion here.

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Betsy Z. Russell
Betsy Z. Russell joined The Spokesman-Review in 1991. She currently is a reporter in the Boise Bureau covering Idaho state government and politics, and other news from Idaho's state capital.

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