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UPDATE FROM THE OFFICE OF REP. DON DAVIS
Rep. Don Davis (R-Jacksonville), sponsor of House Bill 1325, relating to Entertainment Industry Economic Development, while recovering from the removal of a brain tumor at the Mayo Clinic, issued a statement of deep gratitude to Rep. Dean Cannon for his willingness to present and shepherd Davis's House Bill through the Economic Expansion & Infrastructure Council and Davis's own Economic Development Committee.
“I cannot thank Rep. Cannon enough for his willingness to run HB 1325 in my absence,” said Rep. Davis. “It means a great deal to me and to the industry.”
House Bill 1325, if approved, will convert the Entertainment Industry’s current $20 million annual appropriation to a multi-year sales and corporate income tax credit program of $75 million per year for three years. This will make the State of Florida more competitive with states such as Louisiana, North Carolina, South Carolina, and New York, where Florida filmmakers have been forced to commute in order to stay in production and provide jobs for more than 35,000 Floridians engaged in the film-making industry.
This move to a multi-year tax credit will make Florida one of the most competitive states attracting new television and motion picture productions to their state.
Passage of HB 1325, will accomplish IDEA 90 of Speaker Rubio's 100 Innovative Ideas for Florida’s Future book by creating a family friendly Hollywood in Florida. HB 1325 is supported by Governor Crist and was included in his budget recommendations.
Rep. Davis would like to thank Jackie Corcoran in the OTTED unit of the Governor's Office of Policy & Budget for her hard work and assistance in developing HB 1325.
Rep. Davis was released from the St. Luke’s Hospital yesterday and will be checking into Brooks Rehabilitation at that time. Intensive physical and occupational therapy will follow in order to improve both his motor skills and eye sight.
We will continue to keep you updated on Rep. Davis as we receive more information
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