Our buddy Rep. Ted Davis of New Hanover County has thrown the Hail Mary pass on the House floor, the one year extension that we’ve been praying for for the past couple weeks. This amendment is not a grant but what is similar to what he originally proposed and got shot down early on in the short session.This time they would the cap the credit amount for the year at $40 million with the refund to go down to 22.5%. This part was something that was in his original plan and also what the production companies said they could live with.
The amendment also would lower the max amount a feature or TV production could get from $20 million to $15 million, which is just fine. Iron Man 3 was the only one who has reached that limit (to my knowledge anyway). And what we’ve also asked for as we made the 1000s of phone calls and emails, another study to see just how film impacts our state.
A film or TV production would also be required to put an NC logo at the end of a film or TV show as well as identity of each location where they filmed.
It was a very emotional and beautiful speech to the House. “I feel like I am at a murder trial,” said Ted Davis as he began his plead to the House to vote on the amendment. “and there is a death sentence for the North Carolina film incentives.”
I will have the audio up soon. (it will blow your mind)
After Davis poured his heart out, some of Representatives got up to either support or oppose the amendment.
Rep. Charles Jeter from Mecklenberg supported the amendment.
Rep. Paul Stam from Wake County opposed it.
Rep. Jeff Collins from Nash County opposed it.
Rep. Michael Speciale from Craven County opposed it.
Rep. Larry Pittman from Cabarrus County opposed it.
Rep. Kelly M. Alexander, Jr. from Mecklenberg County supported the amendment.
Rep. Frank Iler from Brunswick County supported the amendment.
Rep. Mike Hager from Rutherford County opposed it.
Speaker Tillis from Mecklenberg County supported the amendment.
The vote in the House was: 77 YAY and 36 NAY
PLEASE CONTACT: Ted Davis, Susi Hamilton, Frank Iler, Charles Jeter, Kelly M. Alexander, Jr., Thom Tillis and THANK them for their support!!! Great job everyone!
Next step – 3rd reading is tomorrow for the entire bill, not just the amendment. Then, it goes to the Senate!
UPDATE: I am now hearing that the Senate will reconvene tomorrow morning, only to take a two week break and join up again to vote on the amendments set forth. I should have more details tomorrow. I will keep you posted!
Bill Vassar, Executive Vice President of EUE/Screen Gems Studios in Wilmington, NC responded: “We are absolutely thrilled at the passion of Rep. Ted Davis and the miracle that occurred this afternoon. We want to salute and thank Ted Davis for his unwavering efforts and support. We also want to thank NC House Speaker Thom Tillis for his passionate speech in favor of the bill on the House floor. We hope our colleagues in the NC Senate will see the same value in this bill as it moves forward.” – See more at: http://studios.euescreengems.com/film-incentive-rep-ted-davis-amendment-house-successful/#sthash.L3WYRqhD.dpuf
WHO VOTED YES AND WHO VOTED NO?
DEMOCRATS VOTED YES: Representative(s): Adams; Alexander; Baskerville; Bell, L.; Brandon; Brisson; Carney; Cotham; Cunningham; Earle; Farmer-Butterfield; Fisher; Floyd; Gill; Glazier; Graham, C.; Graham, G.; Hall, D.; Hall, L.; Hamilton; Hanes; Holley; Insko; Jackson; Lucas; Luebke; Martin, G; Meyer; Michaux; Mobley; Moore, R.; Pierce; Queen; Reives; Richardson; Terry; Tine; Tolson; Waddell; Wilkins; Wray
REPUBLICANS VOTED YES: Representative(s): Brawley, R.; Brawley, W.; Brody; Bryan; Burr; Catlin; Conrad; Daughtry; Davis; Dollar; Faircloth; Hollo; Holloway; Horn; Hurley; Iler; Jeter; Johnson; Lambeth; Lewis; Malone; McNeill; Moore, T. (CHAIR); Ramsey; Ross, S.; Saine; Samuelson; Schaffer; Setzer; Shepard; Steinburg; Tillis (SPEAKER); Torbett; Turner; Warren, H.; West
DEMOCRATS VOTED NO: Representative(s): Goodman; Harrison
REPUBLICANS VOTED NO: Representative(s): Arp; Avila; Bell, J.; Blust; Boles; Brown, B.; Bumgardner; Cleveland; Collins; Dixon; Dobson; Elmore; Ford; Hager; Hardister; Howard; Jones; Jordan; Langdon; Martin, S; McGrady; Millis; Moffitt; Murry; Pittman; Presnell; Riddell; Speciale; Stam; Stevens; Stone; Szoka; Wells; Whitmire