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Idaho Supreme Court issues decision on 2nd redistricting challenge, echoes first one

The Idaho Supreme Court has issued its decision in the second challenge to the state's current legislative redistricting plan, L-87, repeating its reasoning from yesterday's decision, which ruled the plan unconstitutional for dividing too many counties. It therefore didn't take up arguments on other issues brought by a group of North Idaho counties. "Petitioners ask that we 'immediately issue an appropriate writ of prohibition or appropriate injunction enjoining implementation and enforcement of Plan L-87 as adopted by the Idaho Commission on Reapportionment' and that we 'enter an order establishing legislative districts in the state of Idaho which will comply with Constitutional and statutory requirements.' We decline at this point to do either. We have no reason to believe that the commission will not perform its duty to adopt a plan that complies with mandatory constitutional and statutory provisions. Accordingly, pursuant to Idaho Code section 72-1501(2), this Court orders that Plan L-87 be revised."

The second challenge had been scheduled for oral arguments before the justices today, but the court canceled that as moot when it issued its decision yesterday on the first challenge.

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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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