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House approves filmmaker tax break

By TIMES WIRES
Published April 25, 2007


House members voted 113-0 Wednesday to approve giving at least $75-million in tax credits annually to filmmakers seeking Florida for their backdrop.

To qualify under HB 1325, productions must use a combined cast and crew of at least 50 percent Florida residents or film students.

A Senate companion (SB 1325) is awaiting a hearing on the floor.

Polk power plant may get to pass on costs

Tampa Electric won all but two votes in the House of Representatives Tuesday in its effort to get consumers to pay up front for its $1.5-billion coal-gasification plant in Polk County.

Unless there is a legislative exception, state rules don't allow utilities to add the costs for design, licensing, construction and interest to customers' bills until a plant begins operations.

House approves funds for paralyzed teenager

For the second year in a row, the House has approved giving $8.5-million to Minouche Noel, an 18-year-old who became paralyzed at a state-run health clinic when she was 6 months old.

Now, it's in the Senate's hands.

A jury already awarded Noel and her family $8.5-million, but under Florida law, she cannot collect more than $200,000 unless the Legislature consents.