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Idaho Democratic senator splits time out of state

Published On: Sep 07 2013 07:46:19 AM MDT
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BOISE, Idaho -

A Democratic senator from Boise is splitting time between Idaho and neighboring Washington, though he says he's still capable of representing his constituents at the Legislature.
    
KTVB-TV reports (http://tinyurl.com/kerg8nc) Sen. Branden Durst acknowledged his District 18 home is largely empty, though he still has a bed and other things at the residence.
    
Durst says his wife is teaching school in the Seattle area.
    
Reached Friday while working in his yard, Durst insisted he's in Boise 50 percent of the time.
    
Durst says while he continues to seek "meaningful employment," he's still fulfilling legislative duties: attending meetings and doing research.
    
Idaho doesn't mandate elected legislators live in the state, but Senate leader Brent Hill of Rexburg says Durst's situation merits further scrutiny, to determine if he's still doing his elected job.