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The Bipartisan Effort Behind Idaho's New Constitutional Amendment

Katherine Jones / Idaho Statesman
From left, House Minority Leader Ilana Rubel (D-Boise), House Speaker Scott Bedke (R-Oakley), Senate President Pro Tem Brent Hill (R-Rexburg), and Senate Minority Leader Michelle Stennett (D-Ketchum).

During last month’s election, Idahoans passed a constitutional amendment to lock in the number of legislative districts in our state to 35. This decision came shortly before the state’s bipartisan redistricting committee will meet to re-draw legislative and congressional district lines based on new census data.

Idaho's had 35 legislative districts for decades, so we likely won’t notice many changes. But technically, our constitution previously left some wiggle room, saying we must have between 30 and 35 districts. This amendment cemented the number to 35.

Notably, the amendment, unlike much of what goes on in our state government, was a bipartisan effort, with House Minority Leader Ilana Rubel, a Democrat, joining forces with Republican House Speaker Scott Bedke. Both join Idaho Matters live to talk about the new constitutional amendment and the bipartisan effort behind it.

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Molly Wampler is a newsroom intern at Boise State Public Radio. Originally from Berkeley, California, she just graduated from the University of Puget Sound in Washington state. There, Molly worked for her university's newspaper but is stoked to try her hand at and learn all there is to learn about radio journalism.