Oklahoma Senate approves extending $5M film rebate program

Oklahoman Published: March 27, 2014
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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A $5 million annual rebate program that has been used to lure big budget films to Oklahoma would continue for another 10 years under a bill that is heading to the governor’s desk.

The Senate voted 31-11 on Thursday for the Compete with Canada Film Act by Edmond Republican Sen. Clark Jolley.

Under the program, Oklahoma provides rebates to filmmakers of $1 for every $3 they spend on movie productions in Oklahoma, up to a total of $5 million annually. The $5 million cap has been reached in each of the past three years, and the rebates are only made on qualifying expenditures.

Supporters say the program helps Oklahoma compete with other states, but opponents say it’s a waste of taxpayer money.

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House Bill 2580: http://bit.ly/1j9DYVu



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