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.

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