Idaho's political party chairmen learned this morning that their last-minute agreement on reapportionment was more than a few minutes too late.
GOP chairman Norm Semanko and Democratic chairman Larry Grant were told by Idaho Secretary of State Ben Ysursa that their proposal for slicing up the Gem State's legislative districts would have to wait until a new redistricting commission begins its work on Wednesday. Ysursa was required to appoint a new commission when the original version failed in its effort to redraw district lines. Its Sept. 6 deadline came and went. But then, Grant and Semanko announced late last week that they had tentatively agreed to a new redistricting map (three weeks after the deadline).
This morning, they were told that their proposal had no legal significance, and that the chairmen would have to go before the new commission with their recommendation.