Lawmakers seek to entice filmmakers

Posted: Tuesday, April 08, 2008

JUNEAU - Alaska is one step closer to getting in the film business.

The House Finance Committee passed a Senate bill Monday designed to provide tax credits as an incentive to the film industry in exchange for producing movies in Alaska.

Many lawmakers say they are tired of watching Alaska theme movies and television shows filmed elsewhere.

They say it happens because other states offer tax breaks to production companies visiting their states. Alaska does not.

Senate Bill 230 by Senate Majority Leader Johnny Ellis, an Anchorage Democrat, could change that.

Ellis' bill is headed for the House floor, where debate can't take too much time. The session ends Sunday.

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