LB863 Was Prioritized and Will Be Debated on the Floor of the Legislature!
We have great news to share with all of the supporters of the Nebraska Film Association who support bringing more film productions to state of Nebraska! The Urban Affairs Committee voted 7-0 to make LB863 their Committee Priority Bill: List of Priority Bills This is what that means practically speaking:
The bill will definitely come up for debate on the floor of the Legislature.
It needs 25 votes to pass.
Strategy-wise, we will need you as supporters to do the following:
Thank all the members, particularly Sen. McGill (Chair) for prioritizing the bill. All of them voted to do so, so all of them should be thanked. The more goodwill they have behind them from the industry, the more likely they will be to speak up and defend the bill vocally on the floor. Here is a list of the members: Urban Affairs Committee
Start contacting non-Committee member Senators, especially your own district's Senator. These points should be included in the message:
"We are grateful that all 7 members of the Urban Affairs Committee voted to prioritize LB863."
"This bill will allow both local Nebraskan and out-of-state film companies to compete for (not "receive") Local Option Municipal Economic Development Funds, an opportunity which has shown a 10-fold return on investment in Valentine and promises to do so in more communities with this statutory change."
Hopefully in the next week or two, we will have an idea of when this is going to be debated. We hope to have a week's notice on when it will come up for debate, but it could be tighter than that. The session ends on April 12, so things are moving quickly.