By ROBERT S. MERRILL
Legislative faces remain the same for area voters, but District 31 has become a thing of the past thanks to an Idaho Supreme Court ruling and redistricting efforts of an appointed Commission.
A proposed redistricting map, the result of a federal mandate to equally divide population within voting districts, was recently rejected by the Supreme Court because of too many districts being split within counties.
But just two weeks ago the Redistricting Commission met and quickly came to a consensus about a new map for new districts. The commission was appointed several months ago after results of the 2010 U.S. Census were released.
The law states that legislative and any voting districts must not vary in population more than 10 percent. Redistricting is done every10 years and is tied to official U.S. Census data.
Besides Legislative Districts, local officials also have to redraw boundaries for school trustee zones, and county commission districts, among others.
“This new map only splits five counties. Our new district will be 32 and will add Oneida County and slightly reduce the number of people from Bonneville County that we represent,” said Representative Marc Gibbs, of Grace, during an interview with The Citizen.
The new Legislative District 32 includes Franklin, Oneida, Bear Lake, Caribou, a portion of Bonneville, and Teton counties.
Senator John Tippits, from Bear Lake County, and Representative Tom Loertscher, from the Idaho Falls area, are the other elected officials who represent the area.
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