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Colorado Film Incentive Bill begins its legislative journey

Yesterday’s rally at the State Capitol in support of House Bill 1286, the film incentives bill, drew hundreds of supporters from Colorado’s film community. After inspiring speeches on the Capitol steps, participants went inside to watch the proceedings in the State House and Senate, where HB1286 was officially recognized by the Colorado General Assembly, accepted for consideration and remanded to committee.

This step was the first of several before the bill can become law. One of the bill’s most ardent supporters, attorney Michael Haskins, explains that the bill was assigned to the House Economic and Business Development Committee, which will schedule a hearing sometime in the next couple of weeks. After this hearing, HB 1286 will move through the House and Senate, possibly garnering amendments that would have to be ratified. Once the bill has gone through that process, it will be assigned to the House Appropriations Committee, which must decide if the funds are available in the budget. Assuming the Appropriations Committee finds the funds, HB1286 will be sent to the Governor to sign into law. If you’d like to see a detailed explanation of Colorado’s legislative process, the Denver Republican Party has a nice slideshow that explains the process in detail.

Haskins writes: “If all goes well, we should be at a final decision in April. The House Economic and Business Development Committee will probably schedule the hearing of HB1286 the week of February 20th. This will be an open hearing and the public is invited to attend. Did I mention that the House took note of the public support the filmmakers brought to the Capital [on Februrary 8th]? Let me repeat that last sentence, the public is invited to attend the hearing of HB1286. In case I'm being too subtle, show up and support HB1286 in the hearing!”

The bill is the brainchild of Donald Zuckerman, the newly appointed director of the Office of Film, Television and Media. Zuckerman, a film producer with dozens of credits, was appointed to the position by Governor Hickenlooper, who believes Zuckerman can revitalize the film industry in the state.

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