Los Angeles • Hoping to keep film production in California, lawmakers have moved to quadruple tax subsidies for location shoots.
The state Senate Appropriations Committee approved a bill Thursday that would boost total subsidies to $400 million a year, the Los Angeles Times reported.
The vote came after months of lobbying by a coalition of entertainment industry unions, studio representatives and Los Angeles city officials, including Mayor Eric Garcetti.
The measure must still be approved by the full Senate and signed by Gov. Jerry Brown. But supporters say they are confident it will clear the remaining hurdles, saying there is widespread recognition that California is losing one of its signature homegrown industries to other states, including Utah.