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Salt Lake City megahotel proposal clears House committee

By Mike Gorrell, The Salt Lake Tribune -- A bill to help finance a convention center-headquarters hotel in downtown Salt Lake City sailed through a House committee Wednesday. The House Economic Development and Workforce Services Committee voted unanimously to advance the bill to the full House.

The lack of dissent was noteworthy.

Three of the committee members voting for the bill Tuesday had last year opposed the measure, which again seeks state participation with Salt Lake City and Salt Lake County in providing a tax incentive that could entice a private-sector developer to build an 800- to 1,000-room megahotel adjacent to the Calvin L. Rampton Salt Palace Convention Center.

Last year’s bill, which had passed the Senate, failed by three votes in the House on the session’s final night.

This year’s revised measure, HB356, includes a provision designed to ensure the whole state, and not just Salt Lake County, benefits from public-sector aid for the project.