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2008 House Bill 5841: Give subsidies for Michigan film production

Public Act 77 of 2008

  1. Introduced by Rep. Andy Meisner (D) on February 28, 2008, to authorize a Michigan Business Tax credit of up to 42 percent of a film studio’s expenses for shooting a film or TV show in Michigan. The credits would be refundable, so if their value exceeded a studio's tax liability the state would send them a check for the difference. The bill contains no cap on the aggregate value of the film subsidies.
    • Referred to the House Commerce Committee on February 28, 2008.
      • Reported in the House on March 11, 2008, with the recommendation that the substitute (H-1) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
    • Substitute offered in the House on March 12, 2008, to replace the previous version of the bill with one that revises details of the proposed subsidy but does not change the substance of the bill as previously described. The substitute passed by voice vote in the House on March 12, 2008.
    • Amendment offered by Rep. Andy Meisner (D) on March 12, 2008, to clarify a provision establishing compensation to employees of individuals under a personal services contract as one of the factors in determining the size of proposed refundable tax credits. The amendment passed by voice vote in the House on March 12, 2008.
  2. Passed 108 to 0 in the House on March 12, 2008.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  3. Received in the Senate on March 13, 2008.
    • Referred to the Senate Commerce & Tourism Committee on March 13, 2008.
      • Reported in the Senate on March 19, 2008, with the recommendation that the bill pass.
  4. Passed 37 to 1 in the Senate on March 20, 2008, to authorize a Michigan Business Tax credit of up to 42 percent of a film studio’s expenses for shooting a film or TV show in Michigan. The credits would be refundable, so if their value exceeded a studio's tax liability the state would send them a check for the difference. The bill contains no cap on the aggregate value of the film subsidies.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  5. Signed by Gov. Jennifer Granholm on April 7, 2008.

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