On Tuesday morning at the Water, Agriculture, Trade and Economic Development Committee hearing, Senate Bill 5502 (the bill to renew the Motion Picture Competitiveness Program) was voted out of this policy committee. The bill was referred to the Senate Ways and Means Committee, and we are awaiting a date for the hearing.

The companion bill in the House (HB 1527) remains in the Finance Committee awaiting action (which is scheduled to occur on Friday.)  There is an ongoing discussion in Olympia about changing the funding structure of the Motion Picture Competitiveness Program.  If legislators succeed in changing the structure of the program, it would mean our funding would need to be renewed every two years (instead of the 10 year extension that is currently in the bill to renew the program).

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