On Friday, March 19, the House added an amendment to SF 2380. While adding the Film Program to the tax credit incentive review schedule contained within the bill, the amendment added an additional year to the suspension, extending it until July 1, 2013.
IMPA, our lobbyists and other film program activists, Becky Gruening, Gene Hamilton, Jay Villwock and David Thrasher, attempted to have the date amended by the Senate to the original July 1, 2012. Unfortunately, due to the large, encompassing nature of the tax credit bill, the Senators did not amend the bill and it passed today 31 - 19. Senators and Representatives reassured us that they would work to create and pass legislation for a new, revamped program next session, which would override the 2013 suspension. This is where our focus now lies and we will keep you updated on our progress.
While the outcome was disappointing, the hard advocacy work undertaken by industry professionals and supporters has made a difference and the program was not eliminated this session. I and our Board of Directors thank you for all that you have done.