April 27, 2017

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With only a few weeks to go before legislative session ends, there is still so much that can happen and the Capitol remains a very busy place. The all-important conference committee has been selected to work out the disagreements between the Senate and House on the Budget Bill that will eventually make its way to the Governor’s desk. Legislators continue to move other bills through the process over the next few weeks. In all, we remain optimistic about the results of these negotiations that will occur until the gavel falls at the end of session on May 29 and are fully engaged in the process to the end.

At the same time, the Texas Film Commission continues to meet with industry stakeholders that travel to the Capitol to meet their elected representatives and visit with us to discuss the impact that film, television, and video game industries have in their communities. We especially look forward to Thursday, May 4th when many of you may join other moving image industry members to visit the Capitol. To date we have met with the communities of Arlington, Brazoria County, Brewster County, Denton County, El Paso, Flower Mound, Fort Worth, Garland, Graham, Grand Prairie, Kilgore, Killeen, Lewisville, Lockhart, Longview, Lubbock,  Matagorda County, Mesquite, Northeast Tarrant County, Port Aransas/Mustang Island, and Tyler, with more to come.

So stay tuned for our next newsletter which will highlight the end of legislative session, the state of our incentives program, and all the future opportunities that await our industries in Texas. You have our promise that we will continue to do all we can to support you through our many services like our job hotline, location services, and Film Friendly certifications. Thanks also for all the support you’ve shown us and your commitment to our industry’s contribution to what makes the Lone Star State great.

- Heather Page, Director

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