Redistricting commissioners can't be removed by those who appointed them, according to an Idaho Attorney General's opinion issued today in response to an inquiry from Idaho Secretary of State Ben Ysursa. “No mechanism exists for the removal of a Commissioner once appointed,” Deputy Attorney General Brian Kane wrote in the opinion. “A vacancy can occur if a Commissioner resigns.” You can read the full opinion here.
The question comes up because House Speaker Lawerence Denney said yesterday he wants to fire commission GOP Co-Chair Dolores Crow of Nampa, whom he appointed to the panel.
Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.
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