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Idaho Democrats walk out as redistricting plan advances

From left, Democratic Reps. Elaine Smith of Pocatello, John Gannon of Boise and Brooke Green of Boise walk out in protest from the House State Affairs Committee before a vote on a proposal to amend Idaho's Constitution to alter an independent commission that sets voting districts Feb. 8 in Boise.

BOISE (AP) — Lawmakers say they are working on an agreement involving an impasse on legislation that could lead to changing the Idaho Constitution involving redistricting that Republicans want but Democrats oppose.

Republican and Democratic leaders on Monday said they are talking, and that was enough for Democrats not to use procedural rules to slow down progress in the House by forcing the full reading of bills as they did on Friday.

Republican Majority Leader Mike Moyle and Democratic Minority Leader Mat Erpelding say there could be an agreement in place by Tuesday, but didn’t elaborate.

The proposed legislation would add a seventh member to a redistricting commission through a proposed constitutional amendment.

Democrats say the legislation is an attempt at gerrymandering that’s being rushed through.

Republicans say the legislation advanced to the House on Friday within allowable timelines.

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