After an attorney General’s opinion was issued last week saying there is “no mechanism in the law” to allow dismissal of commissioners serving on a bipartisan panel convened to map legislative districts, Idaho’s Speaker Lawrence Denney and Repub chair Norm Semenkop “fired” a couple of members anyway, according to John Miller of AP.
The issue in a nutshell is commishes Dolores Crow of Nampa and Randy Hansen of Twin Falls were not loyal (partisan) enough toward the Republican Party.
Idaho Code 72-1502 provides for appointments, but no dismissals. It looks like death or resignation are the only ways to create a vacancy.
Word “unda da rotunda” has it that Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden will be duty-bound to represent the Redistricting Commission and Secretary of State Ben Ysursa if the issue hits the courts.
Chief Deputy Secretary of State Tim Hurst told the GUARDIAN Monday, “The reapportionment commission meets Thursday with the current members and there are no vacancies being recognized by Secretary of State Ben Ysursa.”
With no vacancy on the commission, no new appointments are in order despite a planned announcement Tuesday morning by Denney. Let’s see who blinks first!
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