Texas Senate approves bill to fund downtown Abilene hotel


AUSTIN, Texas - One of the two bills that would help fund a conference center hotel in downtown Abilene has passed the Texas Senate.

On Tuesday, Senate Bill 729, authored by state Sen. Dawn Buckingham, passed with 25 yeas to six nays. It will now go to a House committee.

The bill would allow the city to use the state's portion of the hotel occupancy tax for 10 years to fund the conference center hotel. It will be built next to the Abilene Convention Center on North 6 th Street.

The bill will now go to the full Texas Senate for a vote. A date for that vote has not been scheduled.

KTXS has reached out to Buckingham's office for reaction but we have not heard back.

The Texas House version of the bill (HB 1529), co-authored by Rep. Stan Lambert of Abilene, is still in committee.

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