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California moves to keep film production in state

 

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Hoping to keep film productions from fleeing California for other states and countries, lawmakers have moved to quadruple tax subsidies for location shooting.

The Los Angeles Times reports the state Senate Appropriations Committee approved a bill Thursday that would boost subsidies to $400 million a year. The vote came after months of lobbying by a coalition of entertainment industry unions, studio representatives and Los Angeles city officials.

The bill must still be approved by the full Senate and signed by Gov. Jerry Brown.

The legislation also would eliminate a controversial system in which film and TV productions won tax credits based on a lottery system, regardless of the economic effect of the production.

Film L.A. says feature film production in Los Angeles County has fallen by half since 1996.

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