Panel votes to give incentives to film companies

A bill aimed at increasing the number of movies and television shows made in Alabama has been approved by a House committee.

The House Education Appropriations Committee approved on a voice vote Tuesday a bill to provide exemptions on sales, use and lodging taxes for companies that make movies and other productions in Alabama. The bill would replace incentives the state offered film companies that expired in 2006.

The sponsor, Rep. Richard Lindsey, a Democrat from Centre, said the number of films being made in Alabama has been reduced to almost zero because it's cheaper for production companies to work in states like Louisiana that continue to offer incentives.

The state would pay for the incentives by requiring some taxpayers to pay penalties when their tax payments are late.

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