The six members of Idaho's redistricting commission, who avoided the partisan rancor that stalled the first panel, have won the Dottie and Ed Stimpson Award for Civic Engagement.
The award will be presented at the City Club's annual member social on June 6 at the Esther Simplot Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets are $25. The event is set for 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
A citizens redistricting commission meets every 10 years to redraw congressional and legislative district lines to account for population growth and meet the constitutional standard for one person, one vote. The members are appointed by legislative leaders and the state Democratic and Republican Party chairs, with three Democrats and three Republicans.
The first redistricting commission met from June to September last year, but failed to complete a plan in the allocated 90 days.
A second commission, with all new members, met in September and October, producing a plan. But the Idaho Supreme Court said the legislative map was unconstitutional because it split too many counties. The commission reconvened for four days in January, and despite efforts to fire two of its GOP members, adopted a new plan.
"Their efforts represent civic engagement at its best," says the award citation. "The six members consistently put the needs of the state and its voters ahead of the desires of political parties and individual legislators."
The event includes a no-host bar, hors d'oeuvres and a jazz pianist. RSVP online by June 1, or call 371-2221. Non-members are welcome.
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