August Miller, Deseret News archives
A small child runs on the floor of the Capitol Rotunda in this 2009 file photo. The Utah House of Representatives passed a resolution Monday to express state support for the 2015 Parliament of the World’s Religions.

SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah House of Representatives passed a resolution Monday to express state support for the 2015 Parliament of the World’s Religions.

Thousands of people from many nationalities and religions from around the world will gather in Salt Lake City for the Parliament of the World’s Religions in October. HCR4 expresses official support for the event from the Legislature and the governor.

“This resolution recognizes the importance of Parliament of the World's Religions as an international conference to find common ground between faiths,” said resolution sponsor Rep. Sandra Hollins, D-Salt Lake City. "The state of Utah will be in the international spotlight as we host the Dalai Lama, several other Nobel Peace Prize winners, and religious dignitaries.”

Hollins said the convention is expected to attract more than 10,000 visitors to Utah and generate more than $14 million in tourist-related revenue.

“This is a very big deal,” said Rep. Patrice Arent, D-Millcreek. “The fact that Salt Lake City has been chosen is very significant. Particularly giving the emphasis of religion in the state, I think we should be so honored to have this group come to Utah.”

The House voted to pass the resolution 69-1. Rep. Daniel McCay, R-Riverton, opposed the bill without debate or comment.

— Katie McKellar