INDIANA FILM INCENTIVES PASS!
Indiana Film News
Written by Thomas Johnson
Thursday, 14 February 2008 23:26
THE FOLLOWING NEWS COMES FROM GREG MALONE OF IMIN:
The film production incentives bill, HEA 1388, vetoed by Governor Mitch Daniels at the close of the 2007 session, has been overridden by the Senate by a vote of 36-11. The bill becomes law July 1, 2008.
It's been a long five year effort. But Indiana finally Indiana has some reasonable incentives that will help us grow businesses, attract new business and provide more young people with reasons to stay in or come
back to Indiana. Hell, the next movie set in Indiana might even get made in Indiana!
A great deal of folks deserve thanks ... but in the interest of brevity, I'll mention just a few here. First and foremost, the legislators who believed in our industry need to be recognized.
Sen. Jeff Drozda of Westfield has been carrying this bill for the four years he's been in the Senate. Rep. Jerry Denbo is no longer in the House, but his groundwork was key. Rep. Peggy Welch of Bloomington has been our lead torchbearer in the House this session; she was monitoring things and talking with her friends in the Senate constantly in the last days.
Nothing happens without an effective advocacy presence. Brian Hasler of Beebe Scherrer, our lobbyist/friend, working tirelessly and effectively. The huge majorities we've gotten in both chambers both on the original vote in 2007 and the overrides this year are indicative of the goodwill Brian has engendered throughout his career on both sides of the aisle.
And most importantly, thanks to all of you who wrote your Senators. I know they were getting the message. It doesn't take a lot of contacts for legislators to know people are paying attention, and they got the emails thick and furious this week.
Challenges await for Indiana's production industry, but opportunities like we've never had before await.