Friday, September 30, 2011

Redistricting panel sets public hearings

Members face rapid-fire meeting schedule


By KATHERINE WUTZ
Express Staff Writer

Three public hearings will be held next week to collect public input for a state commission's second attempt to redraw Idaho's legislative and congressional districts.

The second Idaho citizen Commission for Reapportionment convened on Wednesday and set an aggressive agenda for picking up where the first commission left off. Though the first commission recommended a plan for dividing the state into 35 districts, the recommendation came nearly three weeks after the commission blew its Sept. 6 deadline.

The second commission can approve the recommended map—which would keep District 25 intact—but currently, the map has no legal authority, as the previous commission has been disbanded.

The second commission will conduct public hearings on Oct. 5 at the Idaho Falls City Hall, Oct. 6 at the Coeur d'Alene City Hall, and Oct. 7 at the Idaho State Capitol Auditorium in Boise.

The six commissioners set an aggressive business meeting schedule for October, meeting Oct. 11-20 and Oct. 24-28 as well as Oct. 31. Republican Commissioner Randy Hansen of Twin Falls resisted a suggestion to schedule meetings into November, and the other five commissioners agreed they intended to complete their work within the month.

Meetings will be broadcast online at www.idahoptv.org, beginning at 9:30 a.m.

Katherine Wutz: kwutz@mtexpress.com




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