House gavel

House Speaker Scott Bedke gavels the House into order on Thursday, March 21, 2019.

Earlier this year, Republican lawmakers tried – and failed – to change Idaho’s Constitution to give their party the upper hand when it comes to the looming redistricting process, writes Boise State Public Radio reporter James Dawson. But that proposal, altering Idaho's current evenly split bipartisan citizen commission, likely will be back in the next legislative session. And the GOP is also embracing a plan that would simply add more lawmakers to the state legislature – potentially cementing their near total control of the House and Senate. Dawson has a full report online here at

Betsy Z. Russell is the Boise bureau chief and state capitol reporter for the Idaho Press and Adams Publishing Group. Follow her on Twitter at @BetsyZRussell.

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