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January 30, 2014

Senate Bill Would Reinstate Film Office

This year’s legislative session could bring about the return of something we’ve been missing in Arizona for the past few years – a state film office. On Thursday, January 16, the production industry pulled together for a rally at the Capitol which included a “Lunch on the Set” event to allow industry professionals in attendance to speak with legislators and their staffs about the importance of reinstating a film office for Arizona.

Following that event, Senate Bill 1098 was introduced by its sponsor, Senator Carlyle Begay. SB1098 is a bipartisan bill to bring back an Arizona film office and a film commissioner. That office would report directly to the Governor and would be called the “Governor’s Office of Film and Media.” Its purpose would be to “promote film and media production in this state and coordinate with any other state or local agency or private sector entity to assist the production industry in all categories of production.“ The bill would also establish a Director for the office and provide it with an initial operating budget of $612,500.

SB1098 has been assigned to several committees and successfully passed through the first one, Commerce, Energy and Military, on Wednesday, January 29. To read the short bill in its entirety and to follow its progress, visit:  azleg.gov

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