Senate panel dumps bill on energy-efficient ID state buildings
BOISE, Idaho (AP) _ An Idaho Senate committee killed a plan to
require major state-funded buildings meet new energy efficiency
The measure was dumped Thursday on a 5-4 vote in the Senate
State Affairs Committee, after passing 55-11 in the House.
Lawmakers who dumped the bill were Senators Brad Little, Bob
Geddes, Joe Stegner, Denton Darrington and Mike Jorgensen. They
said a mandate could cost Idaho money in initial construction
Representative George Eskridge, the Republican head of an energy
policy committee that unanimously backed the bill, says their vote
indicates an overemphasis on upfront costs _ and not enough
attention on future savings.
Proponents say the bill could have saved taxpayers nearly $1
million over five years.
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