What happened? State Sen. Jeff Siddoway, R-Terreton, denied House Bill 480 a hearing in the Local Government and Taxation Committee, which he chairs, the Spokesman-Review's Betsy Russell reported. The bill passed the House on Feb. 24 50-17.
What was the purpose of the bill? It would have stopped cities from requiring major structural changes for aesthetic reasons. Its sponsors, Republican Reps. Ed Morse, of Hayden, and Robert Anderst, of Nampa, said design review processes are needlessly increasing the cost of construction projects and hampering economic activity.
Why did it die? Siddoway said the bill interfered with local governments' ability to plan their communities as they see fit. "To take away that call from the locals is not a good Republican principle to me," Siddoway told Russell.