- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 12, 2014

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - The Utah Legislature has approved a measure that aims to attract a private developer to build an 800 to 1,000-room convention center hotel in downtown Salt Lake City.

With votes Wednesday of 17-11 in the Senate and 49-23 in the House, legislators advanced the measure to Gov. Gary Herbert’s desk.

The bill would offer up to $75 million in tax rebates for the builder if the hotel increases tourism revenue down the road. It also creates a $2.1 million lifeline for existing hotels if they see vacancies once the new hotel appears on the market.

A similar bill died in the Utah House last year hours before lawmakers adjourned.

This year’s proposal has backing from House GOP leaders, including Provo Republican House Speaker Becky Lockhart.

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