The seventeen-member Senate Committee on Rules this afternoon passed SB 1808 by unanimous vote. Having cleared two committee stops, the resolution of support for Florida’s film industry now heads for approval by the full body on the Senate floor. Upon passage there, Florida’s upper legislative chamber will have publicly and conclusively planted its flag on the side of those who are working to restore movie and television production in the Sunshine State.

Under the chairmanship of Senator Lizbeth Benacquisto, bill sponsor Senator Annette Taddeo gave a insightful and purposeful presentation of  the COMPASS-driven film resolution, after which the committee approved by their vote.

Senate Committee on Rules Chair

Senator Lisbeth Benacquisto

SB 1808 Sponsor

Senator Annette Taddeo

This is a big day for Florida’s film community. The resolutions set out in SB 1808 – in particular “that the Senate encourages the continued collaboration of both public-sector and private-sector efforts to develop programs and partnerships realted to film and television production” – comprise a clear and emphatic declaration that Florida as a whole, its legislators as well as its citizenry, values the historical significance of the motion picture industry, recognizes it as a primary economic driver, and will champion all efforts to preserve and restore movie and television production jobs and infrastructure in the Sunshine State.

Having established state-level support and continuing to build on our community and business relationships around the state, COMPASS now is strongly positioned to advance its highly-anticipated production financing concept on a regional level. Our thanks go to Senator Taddeo for opening the door to bi-partisan approval at this critical juncture for the industry. Our appreciation also is due the many legislators and their staff who are helping us along the road to success. We anticipate working closely with them and the private sector to create opportunities for feature film projects of substance and quality in the many film-friendly communities around the state.

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