- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 12, 2014

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - A measure attempting to lure a private developer to build a convention center hotel in downtown Salt Lake City has received its final round of approval from the Utah Senate.

Senators voted 17-11 on Tuesday to advance the measure.

The measure would offer $75 million in tax rebates for the builder if the hotel boosts tourism revenue down the road. It also sets aside $2.1 million in support for existing hotels if they see vacancies after the new hotel appears.

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

But House GOP leaders, including Provo Republican House Speaker Becky Lockhart, have said they support this year’s proposal.

The measure must be signed by the governor to become law.

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Online:

HB 356: https://1.usa.gov/1fu91G3

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