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H0592......................................................by STATE AFFAIRS
FILM AND TELEVISION PRODUCTION BUSINESS REBATE FUND - Adds to existing law
to provide for the Film and Television Production Business Rebate Fund; to
provide the purpose; to define terms; to provide for the investment of idle
moneys in the fund; to provide for rebate applications; to provide for
rules; to provide for requirements for certified productions; to establish
a maximum rebate; to provide for written agreement for rebates awarded; and
to provide for an economic impact evaluation by the Department of Commerce.
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AYES -- Anderson, Andrus, Bayer, Bell, Bilbao, Black, Block, Bock,
Boe, Bolz, Bowers, Brackett, Bradford, Chadderdon, Chavez, Chew,
Collins, Crane, Durst, Eskridge, Hagedorn, Hart, Henbest, Henderson,
Jaquet, Killen, King, Kren, LeFavour, Moyle, Nonini, Pasley-Stuart,
Patrick, Pence, Raybould, Ringo, Ruchti, Rusche, Sayler, Schaefer,
Shepherd(02), Shepherd(08), Shirley, Shively, Smith(30), Snodgrass,
Stevenson, Thomas, Trail, Wills, Wood(35)
NAYS -- Barrett, Clark, Harwood, Lake, Loertscher, Luker, Marriott,
Mathews, McGeachin, Mortimer, Nielsen, Roberts, Smith(24), Thayn,
Vander Woude, Wood(27), Mr. Speaker
Absent and excused -- Bedke, Labrador
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AYES -- Andreason, Bastian, Bilyeu, Broadsword, Burkett, Cameron,
Coiner, Corder, Darrington, Davis, Fulcher, Geddes, Goedde, Hammond,
Heinrich, Jorgenson, Kelly, Keough, Langhorst, Lodge,
Malepeai(Sagness), McGee, McKague, Richardson, Siddoway, Stennett,
NAYS -- Bair, Gannon(Gannon), Hill, Little, McKenzie, Pearce,
Absent and excused -- None
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]]]] LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF IDAHO ]]]]
Fifty-ninth Legislature Second Regular Session - 2008
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
HOUSE BILL NO. 592
BY STATE AFFAIRS COMMITTEE
1 AN ACT
2 RELATING TO THE FILM AND TELEVISION PRODUCTION BUSINESS REBATE FUND; AMENDING
3 CHAPTER 47, TITLE 67, IDAHO CODE, BY THE ADDITION OF A NEW SECTION
4 67-4728, IDAHO CODE, TO PROVIDE FOR THE FILM AND TELEVISION PRODUCTION
5 BUSINESS REBATE FUND AND TO PROVIDE A PURPOSE FOR THE FUND, TO DEFINE
6 TERMS, TO PROVIDE FOR INVESTMENT OF IDLE MONEYS IN THE FUND AND TO PROVIDE
7 FOR RETURN TO THE FUND OF INTEREST EARNED, TO PROVIDE FOR REBATE APPLICA-
8 TIONS, TO AUTHORIZE THE DIRECTOR OF THE DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE TO PROMUL-
9 GATE RULES, TO PROVIDE FOR EMPLOYMENT REQUIREMENTS FOR CERTIFIED PRODUC-
10 TIONS, TO ESTABLISH A MAXIMUM REBATE, TO PROVIDE FOR WRITTEN AGREEMENT FOR
11 REBATES AWARDED AND TO PROVIDE FOR AN ECONOMIC IMPACT EVALUATION BY THE
12 DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE; TO PROVIDE A SUNSET DATE AND TO DIRECT THE STATE
13 CONTROLLER TO TRANSFER ANY UNEXPENDED OR UNOBLIGATED MONEYS IN THE FUND TO
14 THE GENERAL FUND UPON SUNSET.
15 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Idaho:
16 SECTION 1. That Chapter 47, Title 67, Idaho Code, be, and the same is
17 hereby amended by the addition thereto of a NEW SECTION, to be known and des-
18 ignated as Section 67-4728, Idaho Code, and to read as follows:
19 67-4728. FILM AND TELEVISION PRODUCTION BUSINESS REBATE FUND. (1) There
20 is hereby created in the state treasury the film and television production
21 business rebate fund to which shall be credited all moneys that may be appro-
22 priated, apportioned, allocated, paid back to the fund, or otherwise provided
23 by law. The purpose of the fund is to stimulate new film and television pro-
24 duction business expenditures in the state of Idaho. Moneys in the fund shall
25 be used exclusively as provided for in this section.
26 (2) As used in this section:
27 (a) "Applicant" means a taxpayer that is a film or television production
28 business that is operating a qualified production and that:
29 (i) Owns the copyrights in a qualified production throughout the
30 Idaho production period; or
31 (ii) Has contracted directly with the person acting on behalf of the
32 copyright owner to provide services for the production where the
33 copyright owner is not an eligible production company.
34 (b) "Base investment" means the investment made and expended by a certi-
35 fied production in Idaho as production expenditures incurred in Idaho that
36 are directly used in a certified production or productions.
37 (c) "Certified production" means a qualified production selected by the
38 department for a rebate from the fund.
39 (d) "Department" means the Idaho department of commerce.
40 (e) "Director" means the director of the Idaho department of commerce.
41 (f) "Fund" means the film and television production business rebate fund.
42 (g) "Production expenses" means those expenses eligible for a rebate from
43 the fund and includes expenses for all production goods and services
1 including wages and salaries, construction, operations, editing, photogra-
2 phy, sound synchronization, lighting, makeup, wardrobe and accessories,
3 rental facilities and equipment, leasing of vehicles, food and lodging,
4 digital or tape editing, film processing, sound mixing, special and visual
5 effects, and music, if performed, composed or recorded by a musician who
6 is a resident of Idaho and other reasonable in-state expenditures as
7 defined in departmental rule. Production expenses do not include marketing
8 and advertising costs, star salaries, producer and director salaries,
9 script costs, any indirect costs, any amounts that are later reimbursed,
10 any costs related to the transfer or rebates awarded under this section or
11 any amounts that are paid to persons or entities as a result of their par-
12 ticipation in profits from the production.
13 (h) "Qualified production" means a feature film, a television film, a
14 commercial for a product or service, a documentary, a television pilot or
15 each episode of a television series that spends a minimum of two hundred
16 thousand dollars ($200,000) on Idaho goods and services. A qualified pro-
17 duction does not include a production featuring any of the following:
18 news, current events, weather and market reports, public access television
19 programming, infomercials, talk shows, game shows, sports shows or events,
20 award shows or other gala events, a production that solicits funds, a pro-
21 duction containing obscene material or a production primarily for private,
22 political, industrial, corporate or institutional purposes.
23 (3) Moneys in the fund shall be invested by the state treasurer in the
24 same manner as provided under section 67-1210, Idaho Code, with respect to
25 other surplus or idle moneys in the state treasury. Interest earned on the
26 investments shall be credited to the fund.
27 (4) Applicants may apply for a rebate from the fund by filling out an
28 application and satisfying the department's criteria for a certified produc-
29 tion prior to commencing work on the production. The rebate shall be calcu-
30 lated as a percentage of total base investment dollars certified by the
31 department per project. The rebate shall be earned at the time expenditures
32 are made by a film or television or commercial production business in a certi-
33 fied production.
34 (5) The director of the department may promulgate administrative rules in
35 compliance with chapter 52, title 67, Idaho Code, to implement the provisions
36 of this section.
37 (6) The following is required for all certified productions: Beginning on
38 and after July 1, 2008, and ending June 30, 2010, certified productions shall
39 ensure to the department that twenty percent (20%) of the crew working in
40 Idaho on a certified production are Idaho residents as verified by a state
41 certified driver's license or identification card. Beginning on and after July
42 1, 2010, and ending on June 30, 2011, certified productions shall ensure to
43 the department that twenty-five percent (25%) of the crew working in Idaho on
44 a certified production are Idaho residents as verified by a state certified
45 driver's license or identification card. Beginning on and after July 1, 2011,
46 and ending on June 30, 2012, certified productions shall ensure to the depart-
47 ment that thirty percent (30%) of the crew working in Idaho on a certified
48 production are Idaho residents as verified by a state certified driver's
49 license or identification card. Beginning on and after July 1, 2012, and end-
50 ing on June 30, 2013, certified productions shall ensure to the department
51 that thirty-five percent (35%) of the crew working in Idaho on a certified
52 production are Idaho residents as verified by a state certified driver's
53 license or identification card.
54 (7) The total amount of any rebate granted pursuant to this section may
55 not exceed five hundred thousand dollars ($500,000) nor twenty percent (20%)
1 of a qualified production's expenses.
2 (8) Any rebate awarded from the fund shall be awarded pursuant to a writ-
3 ten agreement between the applicant and the department.
4 (9) The department shall evaluate the economic impact of rebates awarded
5 from the fund. The evaluation shall include an assessment of the effectiveness
6 of the program in creating and retaining new jobs in Idaho and of the revenue
7 impact of the fund, and may include a review of the practices and experiences
8 of other states or nations with similar programs. Upon completion of this
9 evaluation, the department shall determine the overall success of the fund and
10 may make a recommendation to extend, modify or not extend the fund based on
11 this evaluation. The department shall submit to the legislature during the
12 2014 regular legislative session a report that includes the following informa-
14 (a) The economic impact of the rebate fund, including the number of jobs
15 created and retained, including whether the job positions are entry level,
16 management, talent related, vendor related or production related;
17 (b) The amount of film production spending brought to Idaho, including
18 the amount of spending and type of Idaho vendors hired in connection with
19 a certified production;
20 (c) Identification of each vendor that provided goods or services that
21 were included in a certified production's Idaho spending; and
22 (d) The amount paid to each identified vendor by the certified produc-
24 SECTION 2. The provisions of this act shall be null, void and of no force
25 and effect on and after July 1, 2014. On July 1, 2014, or as soon thereafter
26 as is practicable, the State Controller is hereby directed to transfer any
27 unexpended or unobligated moneys remaining in the fund to the General Fund.
STATEMENT OF PURPOSE
This legislation establishes a program to grow the media
production industry in Idaho. The Dept. of Commerce would
utilize the program as an economic stimulus and to develop a
media industry workforce by providing a cash rebate on specific
Idaho expenditures on qualified media production projects.
Currently, 45 states including western states Utah, Washington,
Oregon, Wyoming and Montana, as well as 19 provinces and
countries around the world are benefitting from similar film
incentive programs that attract media production expenditures.
Idaho is seeking to compete and build an industry in a global
market. This legislation will sunset in 2014. Economic impact
reports will be completed upon sunset of the program.
The program would provide a 20% rebate on specific Idaho
expenditures if at least $200,000 is spent in Idaho and when the
production hires Idaho crew members. In any production
qualifying under the program, 20% of the crew hired must be
Idahoans, increasing to %35 of the total crew over five years.
The maximum rebate per production is $500,000.
At least $5 would have to be spent in Idaho before $1 is rebated
to the production.
Depending on the size of the budget for the productions utilizing
the rebate, $10 to $12 could be spent in Idaho for every $1
rebated from the program. The film and television industry
economic multiplier is considered to be between 1.5 and 2.8
times, due to the expectation that motion media production
spending traditionally impacts a wide array of local businesses
Rep. Eric Anderson
Senator Robert Geddes
Senator Clint Stennett
Senator David Langhorst
Kathleen Haase, Dept. of Commerce
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