COMPASS Legislative priorities for 2016
January 26th – As we approach the end of the first three weeks of session, we can remark on the progress of SB 1646 by Senator Jack Latvala (R, District 20 – Pinellas) a committee bill for economic development. Not only did it pass unanimously through its first Senate committee stop, Senator Latvala since has publicly endorsed Governor Rick Scott’s request for $250 million for Enterprise Florida. This move will hopefully open the path to cooperation with the House on securing a new program for Florida motion picture production in 2016.
SB 1646 is comprised of every essential COMPASS provision:
- Elimination of the first-come, first-served allocation processing favor of a pre-review or ranking evaluation of all applications.
- Implementation of Transparency Provisions: the “What, Where and When” of certified production.
- Biannual Allocations to increase availability of tax credits throughout the year.
- Elimination of the Conditional Certification process.
We have also requested the inclusion of an amendment to insure a 60% in-state production requirement as a means to impel productions to shoot the majority of their productions days in Florida.
For the future, we are refining the “equity investment pool” concept as a means of enabling our industry to replenish its allocation and stand on its own within the short term. We believe that state ownership in all productions that receive funding allocations will free our industry from having to seek continuing new money from the state every year. By directing profits derived from the pool back to the program for reinvestment in new production, Florida can blaze the trail away from tax credits and other forms of incentive subsidies.
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The COMPASS Commitment: Since our earliest days, we have consistently maintained that – through the creation of good long-term jobs for Floridians and maximum “spend” in Florida communities – only high-impact feature film and television production generates the highest possible rate of return for Florida’s taxpayers.
The COMPASS Strategy: We identify key sources of legislative influence, seek their counsel and support, and then coordinate our message to theirs, reflecting the natural priority of state government to create economic growth by putting tax dollars to work prudently and with good business sense.
COMPASS Perseverance: We are into our 4th year of lobbying this issue and our “street cred” is now well-established. Florida’s legislators recognize that our ideas make good business sense. They know that we’re not going away . . . ever. We keep coming back and doors keep opening.
Since May of 2012, the Congress of Motion Picture Associations of Florida (COMPASS) has maintained an unfaltering legislative presence in Tallahassee and around the state, building credibility as the primary advocacy group for the Florida men and women who work in movie and television production and the Florida businesses that support this industry.