Late last night, after midnight, the Senate reconvened. They took what they wanted out of SB 763, pulling out film and historic preservation and put it in HB 1224 and called it a conference report. They have sent it back to the House for an up or down vote.
Their intention is clear, they have no intention of even hearing it. This is an epic war and if film is dead in NC, no one should support any more incentives programs until we are going to support incentives that are fair across the board. Everyone need to light these folks up.
They are being HIGHLY hypocritical. If they are so AGAINST incentives, why are they so gung ho about HB 1224, the biggest incentive package in NC history? We have to kill HB 1224 in order for film to even stay alive.
They can always bring film back, however if they get 1224, that means they get what they want and can quit and go home. Film will be absolutely dead is HB 1224 passes and they are desperate to pass it.
We should be especially disappointed in Rabon and Goolsby who voted “Aye” on the bill in the Senate.
There were only 3 Republicans,in the Senate that voted against it.
HOW THEY VOTED:
DEMOCRATS: Senator(s): Bryant; Clark; Ford; McLaurin; Robinson
REPUBLICANS: Senator(s): Allran; Apodaca; Berger (CHAIR); Bingham; Brock; Brown; Cook; Daniel; Davis, J.; Goolsby; Gunn; Harrington; Hise; Jackson; Krawiec; Meredith; Pate; Rabin; Rabon; Randleman; Rucho; Sanderson; Soucek; Tarte; Tillman; Tucker; Wade
DEMOCRATS: Senator(s): Blue; Davis, D.; Foushee; J. Jackson; McKissick; Stein; Van Duyn; Woodard
REPUBLICANS: Senator(s): Barefoot; Barringer; Hunt
We were absolutely crushed! Then, this afternoon, the House reconvened and removed 1224 from the calendar with the possibility of bringing it up tomorrow. They then did a 3rd reading of SB 763 the bill that includes the film incentives, and passed it again, this time with greater results than yesterday 86 Ayes and 20 Noes with MAJOR bipartisan support..
DEMOCRATS: Representative(s): Adams; Alexander; Baskerville; Bell, L.; Brandon; Brisson; Carney; Cotham; Cunningham; Earle; Floyd; Gill; Glazier; Goodman; Graham, G.; Hall, D.; Hall, L.; Hamilton; Hanes; Holley; Insko; Lucas; Luebke; Martin, G; Meyer; Michaux; Moore, R.; Pierce; Queen; Reives; Richardson; Terry; Tine; Tolson; Waddell; Wilkins; Wray
REPUBLICANS: Representative(s): Bell, J.; Boles; Brawley, R.; Brawley, W.; Brody; Brown, B.; Bryan; Burr (CHAIR); Catlin; Cleveland; Conrad; Daughtry; Davis; Dixon; Dollar; Faircloth; Ford; Hardister; Holloway; Horn; Howard; Hurley; Iler; Jeter; Johnson; Lambeth; Langdon; Malone; Martin, S; McElraft; McGrady; McNeill; Moffitt; Moore, T.; Pittman; Presnell; Ramsey; Ross, S.; Saine; Schaffer; Setzer; Starnes; Steinburg; Stone; Turner; Warren, H.; Wells; West; Whitmire
DEMOCRATS: Representative(s): Jackson; Mobley
REPUBLICANS: Representative(s): Avila; Blackwell; Blust; Bumgardner; Collins; Dobson; Elmore; Hager; Jones; Jordan; Millis; Riddell; Shepard; Speciale; Stam; Stevens; Szoka; Torbett
Regardless of the Senate and their intentions, 763 is very much alive. Again, it was a 86/20 vote. We may just have the leverage we need. If they want 1224, give us 763.
Set your alarm clocks because the Rules Committee begins tomorrow morning (Saturday) a 8:30am. Let’s see what happens. Miracles do happens folks. We can win!
Here is your 80s musical motivation for the evening! Your Welcome!