COLUMBUS— State Representative Mike Dovilla (R-Berea) announced passage of his Ohio Motion Picture Tax Credit legislation by the Ohio House of Representatives and Ohio Senate.
Originally introduced as House Bill 521, Representative Dovilla’s legislation was amended into House Bill 508. As a result, there will be an increase in the maximum total amount of tax credits allowed for completion of motion pictures certified as tax credit-eligible productions from $20 million to $40 million per fiscal biennium. Because Ohio is one of 38 states that offer tax credits for motion pictures produced within the state, doubling the amount of tax credits would make Ohio more competitive with other states and help attract additional revenue.
“Over the past three weeks, moviegoers across the country, and indeed the world, have seen the power of an Ohio film industry with the record-breaking success of The Avengers,” said Representative Dovilla. “This legislation allows us to seize upon the momentum created by The Avengers to attract additional feature film production to our state. Expanding the successful motion picture tax credit program demonstrates our commitment to creating an environment for economic development and job creation.”
The Ohio Motion Picture Tax Credit was established in 2009 and has helped attract 27 film productions since its inception, including “The Avengers,” “The Ides of March,” “I, Alex Cross” and “Unstoppable.” In 2010, more than 8,250 people were employed in primary and secondary film occupations in Ohio, with the industry accounting for $113 million in output.
House Bill 508 passed by a vote of 96-0 in the Ohio House and 29-2 in the Ohio Senate. The legislation will now move to the governor for enactment into law.