OLYMPIA — The Washington Redistricting Commission might get around to releasing its proposed legislative boundaries for Eastern Washington tomorrow.
The panel, which has been hung up on redrawing lines for Puget Sound and Western Washington Districts for weeks, released some boundaries for most of those legislative districts on Friday and planned to work through the weekend on the East Side and the congressional boundaries.
They're in a “beat the clock” posture. State law requires them to have boundaries to turn submit to the Legislature by Jan. 1, or cede the authority for redistricting to the state Supreme Court. Back in the halcyon days of the commission's planning, they talked about being done in November and giving the plans to the Legislature during its special session. Now it's a race to finish things by year's end, and maybe get the maps and formal boundary descriptions to the Lege by the first or second week of the regular session, which starts Jan. 9.
Commission members Slade Gorton and Tim Ceis are working on the congressional districts, Tom Huff and Dean Foster on the Eastern Washington legislative districts.
We'll have a report, and maps, tomorrow…if they do.