It might be a small incentive, but it is an incentive.
Film makers will get a break on vehicle registration under a bill advancing in the Unicameral.
Sen. Colby Coash of Lincoln sponsors LB 45 which would exempt vehicles used in a movie production from state license registration requirements for up to a year.
Coash says it’s a small step to providing incentives to make more movies in Nebraska.
“Film in this state is more than art; certainly is that, but it can also be an economic driver,” Coash tells colleagues during legislative flood debate. “It puts people to work. It can be difficult to find steady work in this area. And so, what we find is a mass exodus of people who want to do this kind of work and they have to go elsewhere to do it.”
Coash says removal of the vehicle registration requirement gives movie producers one less obstacle to filming in Nebraska.
“I have talked to many of these people and they want nothing more than to be able to come back to Nebraska, make this their home and continue to pursue that vocation,” Coash says. “There are a lot of reasons why that can’t happen and that doesn’t happen, but what we’re doing with LB 45 is giving them one less reason.”