Last push for film industry tax credits launched

Published On: Apr 08 2014 09:52:28 AM EDT
Updated On: Apr 08 2014 09:52:34 AM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -

Films made in Florida could be eligible for another $300 million in tax credits under a bill now advancing in the Legislature.

A Senate panel on Monday approved a bill to revamp the state's current film and television incentives program. The legislation is a final push to get something passed this year.

Florida's current program has already used up $296 million in tax credits it was allocated.

The Senate Commerce and Tourism Committee approved a bill to extend the program until 2020 and add $50 million a year.

But the legislation includes a contentious proposal to require a cash match from counties where filming occurs.

Sen. Nancy Detert, R-Venice, said the local match is being pushed by House Republicans and that the bill won't pass without it.

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