State Rep. Todd Thomsen, the bill’s House author, said he believes lawmakers who voted against the bill on Monday received a lot of calls from constituents wanting them to change their minds.
“I think as those individuals had opportunities to talk to various members, they were able to cut through some of the rhetoric and misinformation,” said Thomsen, R-Ada.
The bill would extend for 10 years a program that allows filmmakers to receive tax rebates of up to $5 million a year on money spent on movie productions in Oklahoma. Current law, which is scheduled to expire July 1, allows filmmakers to recoup $1 for every $3 spent in the state up to the program’s limit.
The movie industry directly spent $35.1 million in Oklahoma last year, Thomsen told House members.
“I think it is a proven program that benefits our state financially, but also helps create an industry that diversifies our state’s economy and revenue stream,” Thomsen said.