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Calif. Lawmakers Extend Hollywood Tax Credit

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SACRAMENTO (AP)— Lawmakers are sending Gov. Jerry Brown legislation that would extend a Hollywood tax break for two years in an effort to keep film and TV production in the state.

The Senate on Friday passed AB2026 on a 32-2 vote, while the Assembly passed companion legislation, SB1197, on a 62-3 vote.

The bills extend a $100 million-a-year tax break from 2015 until 2017.

Former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed a budget package that established the tax credit in 2009 to help retain jobs during the recession.

Supporters said extending it would prevent production companies from fleeing to other states and Canada. Sen. Tony Strickland, a Thousand Oaks Republican, says California needs the extension to remain competitive.

The American Cancer Society opposed the bill, saying the credits should  go only to tobacco-free movies.

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