Alabama House passes film incentive bill
MONTGOMERY, Alabama: Lawmakers in the Alabama House of Representatives voted 101-0 for a bill that would expand state incentives for film companies and increase the size of projects that qualify for them. The legislation, sponsored by Representative Terri Collins, adds to a 2011 bill by expanding Alabama's film and television production incentive cap from $10 to $25 million. The cap will go up $5 million a year until it reaches the new $25 million cap in 2015.
Collins said, "Because the incentives we are allowed to offer lag behind those of other states, many television and movie projects that are actually set in Alabama have gone elsewhere to film. Alabama native Octavia Spencer put our state on the theatrical map when she won an Academy Award just two days ago, and I hope passage of this bill will eventually do the same thing. It is time that we demonstrated Alabama is open for business when it comes to competing for movie and TV productions along with the economic investments they can bring to our state."
The bill now moves to the Senate for debate.