Bills that sank, sailed as Utah lawmakers finish

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - After 45 days of meetings and debate, hundreds of bills and a few protests, the 2014 legislative session is set to close at midnight Thursday.

Here’s a look at where some of this year’s most noteworthy proposals and topics ended up as lawmakers head home:

CONVENTION CENTER HOTEL

A plan to lure a developer to build a large hotel near the convention center in downtown Salt Lake City is headed to Gov. Gary Herbert. An earlier version of the proposal faltered last year, but this year’s bill has more support because it includes measures to boost tourism throughout the state. The bill offers up to $75 million in tax rebates for the builder of an 800 to 1,000-room hotel if it drives up tourism. Supporters say the hotel and expanded meeting space are key to attracting conventions business.

MEDICAL MARIJUANA

Utah children with severe epilepsy are a step closer to legally obtaining a marijuana-derived extract that families say helps with seizures. The measure is on its way to the governor, who said earlier in the week he had not read the bill but supports the general idea. It would allow Utah families to bring the extract back to Utah if they have a neurologist’s consent.

STATE PRISON

A package of bills accelerating the relocation of the 700-acre state prison in Draper was advancing Thursday without major resistance. The prison is currently located halfway between operations for eBay Inc. and Adobe Systems Inc. Bill proponents say moving the facility would free up the area for real estate development.

REVENGE PORNOGRAPHY

Sharing sexually explicit images of former romantic partners in order to humiliate them would be a crime under a measure awaiting final approval or a veto from the governor. The proposal makes such sharing a misdemeanor for a first offense and a felony for repeat offenses. The bill’s proponents have said the practice most often targets women and can cause them to lose their jobs.

CAUCUS SYSTEM

Herbert signed a deal earlier in the week to overhaul the state’s caucus system for nominating political candidates. The measure was a compromise lawmakers reached with Count My Vote, an organization urging more changes to make the system more inclusive. The deal keeps the caucus-convention system, but it allows candidates an alternative path to reach the ballot if they gather enough signatures.

CHILD SEX-ABUSE PREVENTION

A measure aiming to prevent child sex abuse by creating an awareness program in Utah schools is moving to the governor. The proposal would let schools choose whether to teach students what to do if they are abused or made subject to inappropriate contact from adults. Under the measure, parents could choose not to have students participate

WOOD BURNING

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