House Speaker Lawerence Denney says he and other members of legislative leadership will be meeting with Gov. Butch Otter “sometime today” on the capitol wings issue that has stalled the entire renovation of the state Capitol, and put a damper on the opening weeks of Otter’s first legislative session. As part of the dispute, Otter issued a stop-work order on the capitol renovation project that lawmakers and two previous governors approved, after the state already had sold $130 million in bonds and started work. Otter opposed the inclusion of underground “wings” to expand Statehouse office and hearing room space. “I think he has an offer to make to us, and we’ll go from there,” Denney said. “We’re all supposed to meet with him sometime today.”
Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.
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