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Governor Gregoire to sign Washington’s Film Incentive Bill into law tonight!

WASHINGTON FILMWORKS
It was recently confirmed that Governor Gregoire will sign 2ESB 5539 tonight at a signing ceremony scheduled to begin at 7:00 pm in Olympia.  The bill is 11th bill on the agenda. This ceremony is open to the public and members of the film community are invited to attend.  Representatives from Washington Filmworks will be in attendance as well.  Visit the Washington Filmworks blog for directions and more information.



Call to Action: Washington Filmworks Urges You to Write Gregoire Today

WASHINGTON FILMWORKS
The film incentive bill may have passed in the House and Senate, but it is still pending Governor Gregoire’s signature. Gregoire must take action before the end of the month in order for the bill to become a law. Washington Filmworks urges you to write Governor Gregoire today and encourage her to sign the bill.



Breaking News: Washington State Film Incentive Passes

WASHINGTON FILMWORKS  
The Washington State Film Incentive Bill has passed! The 92-6 vote is all due to the amazing community and industry turnout in support of this jobs building program. Special recognition to Amy Lillard and everyone at Washington Filmworks for their tireless work since last June, and to Frank Chopp for making sure the bill got to the House floor for a vote. Governor Gregoire has 20 days to sign the bill in to law.



UPDATE: Washington Filmworks Updates Us on Film Incentive

WASHINGTON FILMWORKS 
Last week, the bill to renew the Motion Picture Competitiveness Program moved from the Senate to the House. Yesterday, the bill (also known as SB 5539) was voted out of the House Committee on Community and Economic Development and Housing with a winning vote of 8 to 1. The bill is now on the way to the House Ways and Means Committee, where funding was cut last year. Washington Filmworks has published an easy-to-follow online resource, where constituents can easily “send a letter with three clicks of the mouse.” Help support the Washington film industry by contacting a committee member today.

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Washington Film Incentive Bill Gets House Hearing This Morning
February 16, 2012, 11:37 am
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Washington Filmworks announces that SB 5539 has been scheduled for a hearing this morning in the House Committee on Community & Economic Development & Housing at 10 am. Washington Filmworks Board Chair, Becky Bogard, and Executive Director, Amy Lillard, are in Olympia this morning to testify on behalf of the Motion Picture Competitiveness Program. Says Lillard, “This morning’s hearing is evidence that the bill is moving quickly. This legislative session is scheduled to end March 8th, so there is no time to delay. Please contact your Representatives by telephone or email as soon as possible in support of SB5539.”



Motion Picture Competitiveness Program Bill Passes Senate Rules Committee

WASHINGTON FILMWORKS 
Good news surfaced this weekend on the Washington filmmaking front. The bill to renew the Washington State Motion Picture Competitiveness Program was voted out of the Senate Rules committee this past Saturday.  Because the renewal is so time-sensitive, all film industry professionals are urged to contact their Senators as soon as possible. To find your legislators, follow the link above. Without funding, Washington state’s film industry could disappear.

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A Call to Action for Business from Washington Filmworks

Washington Filmworks 
Since its creation in 2007, Washington Filmworks’ Motion Picture Competitiveness Program has brought film productions to our state that have spent over $38 million of spending with Washington businesses, and created more than 4,000 immediate jobs. Businesses that sustain and gain from film production are asked to write their legislators, urging them to renew the Motion Picture Competitiveness Program during the 2012 legislative session, and are invited to use the Washington Filmworks Business Letter of Support at the above link. Also, listen to Amy Lillard, Executive Director of Washington Filmworks, today at 2:30pm on Komo News Radio.

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