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2011 Senate Bill 569: Revise film subsidies

Public Act 291 of 2011

Introduced by Sen. Randy Richardville (R) on July 13, 2011 To revise the state film incentive program, converting it into a straightforward subsidy program rather than an indirect one, with awards of up to 30 percent of the expenses a film producer incurs in Michigan. Reportedly the bill’s sponsor wants to increase the subsidies from $25 million already appropriated in 2012 to $100 million annually.   Official Text and Analysis.
Referred to the Senate Economic Development Committee on July 13, 2011
Reported in the Senate on November 3, 2011 With the recommendation that the substitute (S-1) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
Substitute offered in the Senate on November 3, 2011 To replace the previous version of the bill with one that revises details but does not change the substance as previously described.
The substitute passed by voice vote in the Senate on November 3, 2011
Amendment offered by Sen. Bert Johnson (D) on November 3, 2011 To require quarterly reports on film subsidies to be posted on the internet.
The amendment passed by voice vote in the Senate on November 3, 2011
Amendment offered by Sen. Bert Johnson (D) on November 3, 2011 To require the name of each film producer who gets a subsidy to be disclosed, plus the amount.
The amendment passed by voice vote in the Senate on November 3, 2011
Passed 34 to 4 in the Senate on November 3, 2011 To convert the state film incentive program into straightforward handouts to producers, rather than indirect ones paid through the expiring Michigan Business Tax, with payments of up 32 percent of a producer's Michigan payroll expense, plus some additional subsidies. For 2012, $25 million was appropriated for these subsidies, but nothing in the bill limits how much the Michigan film office can authorize, and once it does the state is obligated to pay. Reportedly the bill sponsor wants to increase the annual payouts to $100 million.
Received in the House on November 3, 2011
Referred to the House Commerce Committee on November 3, 2011
Reported in the House on December 1, 2011 With the recommendation that the substitute (H-1) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
Substitute offered in the House on December 14, 2011 To replace the previous version of the bill with one that revises details but does not change the substance as previously described.
The substitute passed by voice vote in the House on December 14, 2011
Amendment offered by Rep. Vicki Barnett (D) on December 14, 2011 To also grant subsidies for commercial advertisement producers.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on December 14, 2011
Amendment offered by Rep. Tom McMillin (R) on December 14, 2011 To require assessments of the film subsidy program to include the "negative impact of the tax monies taken from businesses and citizens" to pay for the subsidies to film producers.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on December 14, 2011
Amendment offered by Rep. Mike Shirkey (R) on December 14, 2011 To not pay subsidies to a producer that exceed estimates of how much tax revenue the state can expect as a result of the film being produced here.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on December 14, 2011
Passed 92 to 15 in the House on December 15, 2011 (same description)
To convert the state film incentive program into straightforward handouts to producers, rather than indirect ones paid through the expiring Michigan Business Tax, with payments of up 32 percent of a producer's Michigan payroll expense, plus some additional subsidies. For 2012, $25 million was appropriated for these subsidies, but nothing in the bill limits how much the Michigan film office can authorize, and once it does the state is obligated to pay. Reportedly the bill sponsor wants to increase the annual payouts to $100 million.
Received in the Senate on December 15, 2011 To concur with the House-passed version of the bill.
Passed 35 to 3 in the Senate on December 15, 2011
Signed by Gov. Rick Snyder on December 21, 2011

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