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House committee hears bill early

Reps. Brent Crane, Mike Moyle and Scott Bedke listen as Sen. Chuck Winder presents a bill in the House Transportation Committee on Friday morning regarding design-build contracts at ITD. (Betsy Russell / The Spokesman-Review)
Reps. Brent Crane, Mike Moyle and Scott Bedke listen as Sen. Chuck Winder presents a bill in the House Transportation Committee on Friday morning regarding design-build contracts at ITD. (Betsy Russell / The Spokesman-Review)

The House Transportation Committee is holding a hearing this morning on a bill that actually hasn't yet passed the Senate. SB 1147a, from Sen. Chuck Winder, R-Boise, would allow the Idaho Transportation Department to enter into design-build contracts, something that's been permitted for other public works projects in the state since 1987. The department could do that only after a negotiated rule-making process. The idea is that the House committee will already have heard the bill, allowing it to go right to the House's second reading calendar once the Senate passes the measure. The bill is now on the Senate's third reading calendar.




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