BOISE -- The Senate voted 24-11 to exempt the state from Boise's local planning rules, to help it build a parking garage near the Capitol.

During Friday's debate, Republican Sen. Jim Rice of Caldwell argued it had never been city government's place to regulate the state.

Idaho has sold bonds for the $8 million, 580-car garage, but a city planning board has rejected the project's design.

Consequently, Idaho fears it will be delayed and grow more expensive.

State officials still hope to win an appeal next month.

If they don't, however, this measure that's now due a House vote would allow them to proceed with the garage, anyway.

Democrats opposed the measure, as did Republican Sen. Todd Lakey of Nampa.

Lakey worries Idaho's garage exemption gambit undermines important principles of local control.

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