PUBLIC HEARING

HB 2191-A

 

TAPE 126 A

 

HOUSE REVENUE COMMITTEE

APRIL 21, 2005   1:00 PM   STATE CAPITOL BUILDING

 

Members Present:                      Rep. Vicki Berger, Acting Chair

                                                Rep. Mark Hass, Vice-Chair

                                                Rep. Larry Galizio

                                                Rep. Betty Komp

                                                Rep. Chuck Riley

 

Members Excused:                     Rep. Tom Butler

                                                Rep. Brian Boquist 

                                                Rep. Sal Esquivel

                                                Rep. Andy Olson

 

                       

Witnesses Present:                      Veronica Rinard, Oregon Film and Video Office

                                                Howard Lavine, Policy Advisor to Gov. Kulongoski

                                                Bill Cross, Oregon Assn. of Convention & Visitors Bureaus

 

 

Staff Present:                          Paul Warner, Legislative Revenue Officer

                                                Lizbeth Martin-Mahar, Economist

                                                Kristi Bowman, Committee Assistant

                                               

 

TAPE 126, SIDE A

002

Acting Chair Berger

Calls meeting to order at 1:06 p.m.

 

 

 

006

Acting Chair Berger

Discusses committee business.

 

 

 

OPENS PUBLIC HEARING FOR HOUSE BILL 2191

 

 

 

018

Lizbeth Martin-Mahar

Gives overview of HB 2191 (Exhibit 1). The bill creates a new rebate for people who invest $1 M or more in actual expenses on film, television shows, or commercial productions in Oregon. Discusses the withholding rate proposed. Discusses amendment HB 2191-A5 (Exhibit 3) that allows the Oregon Film and Video Office to transfer the rebate funds.  

 

 

 

109

Rep. Hass

Asks about Oregon companies currently doing productions.

 

 

 

114

Martin-Mahar

Responds that if the company invests more than $1 M, they will qualify for the rebate. Comments that the Office of Film and Video would identify a film production company and track their annual investment for the $1 M threshold. Refers to the Revenue Impact Statement (Exhibit 2).

 

 

 

151

Veronica Rinard

Updates information given in previous testimony on 03/22/05. Discusses the statute that governs the Oregon Film and Video Office and how the Office operates. The labor rebate is critical to keeping productions coming to Oregon. Discusses other states’ incentive programs.

 

196

Howard Lavine

Comments that the Governor supports HB 2191 as an opportunity to provide family-wage jobs and expand economic activity. Oregon is losing business to states with incentives. Adds that the Governor strongly supports the film industry. “This is the right bill for Oregon.”

 

 

 

221

Rep. Hass

Asks if documentaries fit into the definition of film productions, and uses television companies that produce documentaries as an example.

 

 

 

232

Rinard

If documentaries spend more than $1 M, they would qualify. However, her experience is that documentaries generally do not have a budget that large.

 

 

 

247

Lavine

Adds that if a documentary is produced for theatrical release, it would clearly qualify for the labor rebate. Comments on the ability of the Dept. of Revenue to change the 6.2% to keep the bill revenue-neutral. The bill will be reviewed again when it expires in 2012.

 

 

 

255

Bill Cross

Testifies in support of HB 2191. Comments that film productions have a significant effect on local economies, and HB 2191 will keep the state competitive in attracting film productions.

 

 

 

CLOSES PUBLIC HEARING FOR HB 2191

 

 

 

274

Acting Chair Berger

Adjourns meeting at 1:27 p.m.

 

 

Tape Log Submitted by:

Reviewed by:

 

 

 

Kristi Bowman, Committee Assistant

Kim Taylor James, Committee Coordinator

 

Exhibit Summary:

  1. HB 2191, Staff Measure Summary, Martin-Mahar, 1 pg., 04/21/05
  2. HB 2191, Amendment HB 2191-A5, Legislative Counsel, 1 pg., 04/21/05
  3. HB 2191, Revenue Impact Statement, Martin-Mahar, 2 pp., 04/21/05