Senate Bill 1192 remained on the fast track Tuesday and was approved on an 11-5 vote, clearing the way for a state parking garage the city of Boise says has design problems. Introduced March 22, the bill appears headed to swift approval in the full House. The bill passed the Senate 24-11 last week.
Legislative Services Director Jeff Youtz told the House State Affairs Committee that the likely state won’t need to invoke its trump to build the garage, anticipating a deal with the City Council, which takes up the matter later this month.
On the short end of the 11-5 vote were all three Democrats on the committee, along with two Republicans. The Senate a amended the measure to apply only to the parking garage project at 6th and Washington Streets. The original bill covered the entire Capitol Mall, setting aside city planning and zoning law.
For more, here’s the account from the Spokesman Review’s Betsy Russell.