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URGENT Contact Your Legislators & Governors Before Thursday

Susie L.
Baton Rouge, LA
Post #: 50
Louisiana Produces Meetup May 3rd was a very important meeting. It involved learning about important legislation that is coming up. This legislation HB731 and SB204 with the $40 million cap is very dangerous and poisonous to the film industry. Removing the brokers and replacing them with government, nope. They have proven themselves and are doing an excellent job. We also need to ask the Legislators to lift the sunset on the 3 laws now in effect regarding the film industry. NO NEED TO REINVENT THE WHEEL and NO NEED TO FIX SOMETHING IF IT AIN'T BROKE! Please, for God's sake, give us time to grow and go. Why nip something in the bud before they get any chance time to grow into a harvest or bloom? Rome is not build overnight.

To Read Louisiana State Legislature see
or just search "Louisiana State Legislature"

House Bill 371 See

Senate Bill 204 See

Everyone is urged to know and contact their:

1. State Representative
2. State Senator
For contact information for both House and Senate see
and click "View the complete list of Senate members from 1880 to the present".

3. The Governor
To Contact Governor see­
or write:
Honorable Kathleen Blanco
Office of the Governor
Attn: Constituent Services
P.O. Box 94004
Baton Rouge, LA. 70804-9004
Telephone Number: (225) 342-0991 or 342-7015
Facsimile 225-342-7009

4. The Committee Members of the Senate Revenue and Fiscal Affairs. See:
and read their Agenda daily. See

5. The Committee Members of the House Ways and Means Committee: http://house.louisian...­
and daily read their Agenda:

6. Watch and track the Bill. See when it goes before the Committees and see or show up to Committee. After passing the Committee, then watch the House Order of the Day and find out when it goes to the House Floor: See
or if Senate, the Senate Daily Digest: see

7. When it goes up to the Floor, the contact and let them know it is coming up or see via computer or visit and watch them vote on the bill and let them know you are there watching. Lobby them that day. I suggest this day when the bill goes to the floor is the day we should go on to the steps before the Session opens up and have a rally, and afterwards go in, visit your legislator and tell him how film industry effects you personally and let them know you are there watching them vote. Thank your legislators who do vote our way and concentrate on those who are undecided.

8. Governor, when it passes both House and Senate or vice versa, it's time to remind the Governor to support us.

9. Contact other people (your family members, friends, employers, employees, coworkers, vendors, and allies) and get them to do same. When writing, calling, or emailing give your name and address where you are registered to vote. Put in RE: HB731 by Rep. Hammet, etal. Propose to delete the $40 million cap and to keep the brokers. Otherwise rest of bill is ok. These 2 items will poison this bill and our industry.

10. Letters to the Editor of your local newspapers and/or magazines.

11. Various Forum Boards

Tell these Elected Officials how the film industry has personally affected you - your own story. For example since I made $4,000.00 in just 1 month working All Kings Men, when beforehand I made something like $600.00 bagging groceries. Kathleen Blanco needs to hear that, if she is so compassionate about the working poor. Tell them you went to Dillards and got a nice new Wardrobe where you can dress professionally, and that you haven't shopped for new clothes in years. Tell her what restaurants you've been to since you got better work. Since I worked All Kings Men, I've been driving back and forth to New Orleans for socials, meetings, etc. to grow in my business. I spend $20.00 per week for gas as opposed to $20.00 a month, but I am in a better position in life regardless of the price of gas. She needs to hear that, so she can build her roads with the gasoline tax. I have been able to donate more money and time to Church and charities and go to dinners and Galas. Legislators will need to hear that.

Tell her if you were able to get a new house, boat, or car.

And then thank them. Legislators need to hear from their Constituents as they spend lots of time and money to poll their own constituents. Contact!

Watch for Alerts from here daily, read http://www.louisianac...­
Newspapers and watch News.

Susie Labry
A former member
Post #: 1
Susie: Remember me, I'm Corlis' friend that lives in New Orleans. Senator Francis Heitmeier is a personal friend of mine and his name is on the bill..... tell me a little more about this bill and I will e-mail him.

Gail Wininger
Susie L.
Baton Rouge, LA
Post #: 69

House Bill 371 See
http://www.legis.stat...­ 413

Senate Bill 204 See
http://www.legis.stat...­ 027

I recommend that HB371 be amended by:

1. Deleting the part that puts a cap on the tax incentives.
2. Deleting the part prohibiting brokers from doing the work by letting State do the brokering of the credits and incentives.

Also, we ask that the Legislature lift the sunset provisions that are already on the 3 existing laws.


No Caps on Film Industry Tax Incentives
Lift Sunsets on Present Law

Susie Labry
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