BOISE -- Legislation exempting the state from Boise's local planning rules in a dispute over a 580-car Capitol Mall parking garage rolled through a House committee.
On Tuesday, the House State Affairs Committee voted 11-5 to approve the bill allowing the state to override Boise's planning rules to build the $8 million garage.
In January, a city panel rejected part of the garage's design.
An appeal hearing isn't set until later this month.
Consequently, director of Idaho's Legislative Services Office, Jeff Youtz, said the state needs a fallback plan in case city decisions continue to stall the project -- or add to costs.
Idaho already sold bonds to finance the structure and is counting on parking revenue to pay them off.
Republican Rep. Vito Barbieri opposed the bill as a government overreach.