Gov. Perry Signs Deuell's Film Incentives Bill
AUSTIN — Governor Perry today signed into law House Bill 873, authored by Rep. Dawna Dukes and Sen. Bob Deuell. HB 873 is designed to bring film, television, video and digital interactive media productions to Texas, creating thousands of jobs and generating millions of dollars in economic development.
"Texas has the best film locations and the best film workers in the nation," Deuell said. "We've been losing those jobs and those dollars to other states as they began offering aggressive incentive packages.
With the passage of this legislation, we're going to keep those jobs here in Texas and create new ones."
In addition to Gov. Perry and Rep. Dukes, representatives from Texas' film industry joined Sen. Deuell at a local Austin film studio for the signing.
"The passage of House Bill 873 is an important step in helping Texas regain its footing in the moving image business," Gov. Perry said. "With this legislation, we are strengthening our state's investment in a vital industry that not only shows off our state to the rest of the world, but also draws investment and creates jobs for Texans."
Film incentives programs in neighboring states have drawn an estimated $500 million and 7,000 jobs away from Texas. In addition, a quarter of Texas-based moving picture professionals are currently working in New Mexico or Louisiana.
House Bill 873 passed unanimously in both the Texas House and Texas Senate and is one of the first bills to be signed by Governor Perry this session.