On Tuesday March 8, 2016 there was a hearing for Rep. Kathryn Swan’s (R-Cape Girardeau) HB 1645 in the Missouri House Economic Development and Attraction Committee. This bill will re-instate the Missouri Film Tax Incentive program which expired Nov. 2013.
MOMMA board members – Joni Tackette and Steph Scupham (also KC Film Commissioner) presented testimony in support of the bill. In addition, MOMMA board members were instrumental in obtaining over 20 letters of support from cities and industry organizations, and companies around the state of Missouri. Those letters were presented to committee members at the hearing.
This is the first of MANY steps.
Next step – the bill must be voted “do pass” out of this committee and get referred to the House Select Committee of Commerce. Last year we were voted out of this committee, so we are cautiously optimistic.
What can you do? Nothing right now. We need to save any letter writing campaign until it benefits the legislative process for this bill and will make the biggest impact. We will keep you informed on when we need your letters!