/ Modified may 1, 2010 2:25 a.m.

Senate Bill 1409- Movie Tax

April 5, 2010 | AZPM

Senate Bill 1409 would extend a tax credit to movie productions companies that come to work in Arizona. The current tax credit expires at the end of this fiscal year, and SB 1409 would not only extend the credit but it would also increase it to as much as 30% if certain criteria are met dealing with the amount of money spent in the state and the number of Arizona residents hired for the production. Backers of the bill say it is needed to keep movie companies shooting in Arizona. They point to the 2007 version of 3:10 to Yuma, none of which was filmed in Arizona. Opponents, however, say the tax credit is too much and movie companies make enough money they don’t need the financial help.

On April 5, 2010 the full Senate failed the proposal on an 11-16 vote.

Pima County Senate Delegation Vote:

  • Paula Aboud (D) – No
  • Frank Antenori (R)- Yes
  • Jorge Luis Garcia (D) – Did Not Vote
  • Linda Lopez (D) – Yes
  • Al Melvin (R) – Yes

Full Senate Vote on SB 1409

Update

On April 6, 2010 the Senate reconsidered the vote on SB 1409 and passed the bill on a 16-13 vote.

Pima County Senate Delegation Vote

  • Paula Aboud (D) – No
  • Frank Antenori (R)- Yes
  • Jorge Luis Garcia (D) – Did Not Vote
  • Linda Lopez (D) – Yes
  • Al Melvin (R) – Yes
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