Olympia, Here We Come!

February 3rd, 2017 Posted by blog 0 comments on “Olympia, Here We Come!”

Senate Hearing on Thursday, February 9 at 8:00 am


Dust off the driving directions and get ready to join us in Olympia for a hearing in the Senate Committee on Water, Agriculture, Trade and Economic Development!

The hearing will take place at 8:00 am on Thursday, February 9, 2017. There will be a panel of film professionals testifying on behalf of SB 5502, the bill to renew the Motion Picture Competitiveness Program. But we also need to fill the room with Keep Film in WA supporters who will sign in on behalf of the bill and be present at the hearing.

Exciting news for those of you east of the mountains – you can now participate remotely by teleconference at WSU Spokane Riverpoint. If you are interested in attending via satellite, please sign up HERE.

In signing up to participate remotely by teleconference at WSU Spokane Riverpoint, make sure to register for the correct bill: SB 5502. We already have panelists to testify, so please simply sign in “pro” for the bill. Space is limited and you must register to attend no later than Wednesday, February 8 at 8:00 am.

30 people attended the House Hearing in January. Can we rally more people to make the trek to Olympia next week? Please help to make it happen!

Senate Hearing – Water, Agriculture, Trade and Economic Development Committee

  • Thursday, February 9, 2017
  • 8:00 am
  • JA Cherberg Building
  • Hearing Room 1

If you plan to attend the Senate hearing in Olympia, RSVP here.

If you arrive early, join other attendees in the cafeteria located in the Pritchard Building on the Capitol Campus.

About SB 5502

Prime sponsored by Senator Randi Becker (2,R), SB 5502 maintains the Motion Picture Competitiveness Program at its current level of $3.5 million per calendar year with a sunset date of July 1, 2027.  The bill also allows for a one-time allocation of up to $3 million for a major motion picture production with a total budget of at least $20 million that portrays a significant historical event in Washington. If no such production is secured by July 1, 2019, the allocation will be returned to the general fund.