Florida Update: Film production grants have bipartisan backing in both chambers

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Bills to help bring film and TV productions back to Florida are building up support from both sides of the aisle.

SB 526, sponsored by Sarasota Republican Sen. Joe Gruters, has already unanimously cleared its first committee. Since then, the bill is garnering bi-partisan support in the Senate with four Democrats signed on as co-sponsors: Minority Leader Audrey Gibson, Lantana Sen. Lori Berman, Orlando Sen. Linda Stewartand Miami Sen. Annette Taddeo, who led the film funding charge in the 2018 Legislative Session.

The bill would make studios eligible for a grant from the state covering the lesser of 20 percent of production costs or $2 million.

Those grants would come after the project has wrapped and would require 60 percent of the production budget is spent in Florida and that 70 percent of the cast and crew are state residents.

Film incentives measures have gone down in flames in past sessions, but Gruters’ grant approach is more conservative than other recent attempts.

See more at Florida Politics.

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