Controversial House-passed legislation to trim Idaho cities’ power to regulate building design has died a quiet death, after passing the House in late February. The bill, HB 480, won’t receive a hearing in the Senate Local Government & Taxation Committee, Chairman Jeff Siddoway, R-Terreton, said today. “I certainly respect personal property rights,” Siddoway said. But he said the measure would have destroyed the ability of local communities to plan for how they want their town to develop, including those who, like Victor, opt for a downtown theme. “To take away that call from the locals is not a good Republican principle, to me,” Siddoway said/Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise. More here.