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How Idaho Lawmakers Could Change The Way Boise Elects Council Members

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DARIN OSWALD
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Idaho Statesman
The new Boise City Council sits together for the first time after getting sworn in on Jan. 7.

 

The debate over how cities should elect their city councils in Idaho is expected to intensify in the coming days at the state legislature. 

House Bill 413 would require cities with official populations over 100,000 to elect its city council members by district. Currently, Boise is the only city that fits into that category. 

 

Simply put, this bill would upend Boise’s current City Council, which is made up entirely by at-large elected officials.

 

Boise State Public Radio’s George Prentice spoke with George Moses, a Boise resident and former member of the Idaho Redistrict Commission about this measure. 

 

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Frankie Barnhill is the Senior Producer of Idaho Matters, Boise State Public Radio's daily show and podcast. She's always interested in hearing surprising and enlightening stories about life in the West. Have an idea for Idaho Matters? Drop her a line!