Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Legislative Update: HB 697 Now on the Floor

The Entertainment Industry Economic Development Act (HB 697) has passed the Florida House of Representatives Finance & Tax Council and, with a few legislative tweaks, moved on to the House Floor.

Among the modifications introduced to the bill include a cap of $55 million in the next fiscal year, which decreases in the following fiscal year to $50 million and $27 million for the next three fiscal years. In addition, the base incentive amount was raised from 15% to 20% for major film, television and digital media projects, with an enhancement for "family-friendly" films from 2% to 5% and keeping the 5% for productions between June and November.

HB 697's Senate companion bill, SB 1430, was recently raised to the Senate Finance & Tax Council; its original wording, identical to the HB 697, has been amended largely for clarification. Both bills can be tracked using the Bill Finder at the Florida Legislature's website.

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