Legislative Update and Special Thanks to Rep. Gailanne Cariddi!

The following is important information from our friends at the Massachusetts Production Coalition!  If you live in Rep. Cariddi’s district be sure to thank her for her support!
STATUS OF HOUSE BILL H.3978
Dear Industry Members & Supporters,
We are pleased to update you that the Governor’s proposals: H.3978 filed this year, and H.62 filed last year to eliminate the incentive program, have been “ordered to study” by the Joint Revenue Committee. While this information has not yet appeared on the malegislature.gov website, we have confirmed that this is now the current status of the proposals. A bill ordered to a study typically indicates that it is dead for the legislative session. So this is good news.
BUDGET DEBATE APPROACHING
While this is good news, our work is not done. We will need to continue to advocate through the state budget process to ensure threats to the film and television incentive program do not gain traction and pass.
The state budget debate begins in April. In the past this has been the process where opponents of the incentive program have tried to repeal and amend it. With the House debating the budget in April, and the Senate in May, we will continue to fight to preserve the incentive program. As occurred last year, we anticipate that there will be proposals to eliminate or change the incentive during the Senate Budget process.
Save the Date:
FILMS = JOBS ADVOCACY DAY
May 9th at the State House in Boston!
As we have reported, similar to last year we are planning for an industry-wide Films = Jobs Advocacy Day at the State House. We will need a VERY large turnout to rally and visit legislators’ offices.
Tentative Schedule:
 8:00 AM:  Sign holding around perimeter of State House
10:00 AM: Register in Gardner Auditorium
11:00 AM: Speaking Program in Gardner Auditorium
12:00 PM: Visit State Legislators’ Offices
EDUCATION & CAREER IMPACT
Yesterday, March 30th, we organized a special Legislative Briefing at the State House to a full room of legislators and their staff about the impact our growing industry has on career paths for students, and higher education programs of Massachusetts colleges and universities. Our information and write-in campaigns will continue as we advocate for our industry across sectors and provide information for legislators through the budget process.
ADDITIONAL ACTIONS & SUPPORT

THANK YOUR LEGISLATORS FROM THE REVENUE COMMITTEE HEARING

If you live in a district of the following legislators who offered testimony or support for the industry during the Revenue Committee hearing, please take a moment to thank them by calling for writing. Find your legislator: malegislature.gov.

Rep. Gailanne Cariddi (North Adams)
Rep Tackey Chan (Quincy)
Rep. Brendan Crighton (Lynn)
Rep. Ann-Margaret Ferrante (Gloucester)
Rep. Steven Howitt (Seekonk)
Rep. Paul McMurtry (Dedham)
Rep. Timothy Toomey (Cambridge)
Rep. RoseLee Vincent (Revere)
Senator Sal DiDomenico (Everett)
Senator Thomas McGee (Lynn)