IT'S TIME TO MOVE THOSE BILLS



With only 4 weeks left in the 2022 legislative session, the time to move our bills out of budget committees is NOW. The next few weeks are critical to our success. SSB 5760 and SHB 1914 - the bills that would increase funding for the Motion Picture Competitiveness Program to $20M a year - are currently parked in the House Finance Committee and the Senate Ways and Means Committee. It’s our job is to motivate elected officials who sit on those committees to vote them out so that the bills become eligible for floor a vote.

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If your elected officials are members of the House Finance Committee or the Senate Ways & Means Committee, this ACTION ALERT is for you! If you live in one of the following districts, you have an elected official that serves on a budget committee:

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Don’t know your legislative district? You can find that info here.


If your elected officials sit on a budget committee, take 5 minutes to write them an email asking them to vote our bills out of committee and to keep the funding at $20M a year. Take a look at this handy spreadsheet to see the names, titles (Senator or Representative) and the email addresses for the elected officials that serve on budget committees.  


Your communication can be short and sweet, 3-4 sentences tops! Here is what we suggest you include: 


  1. Who you are and how you are affiliated with the film industry
  2. Why you think it’s important to pass the bills to increase funding for the MPCP
  3. Ask your Senator or Representative to pass the bill out of committee and to keep the level of funding for the program at $20M annually
  4. Thank them for their time and consideration.  


Here’s a sample email that you can use for inspiration:



Dear (Senator or Representative),


My name is (fill in your name) and I am a constituent that lives in your district and I work in the film industry as a (fill in your role). I am writing to express my support for (SSB 5760 or SHB 1914) because it would attract bigger budget film productions that would provide year round work for our local cast and crew. As a member of the (House Finance or Senate Ways and Means) Committee, I urge you to pass the bill out of the budget committee and to keep the level of funding for the program at $20M annually.


Thank you for your time and consideration, 

(your name here)



Positive Reminder: Hearing from constituents motivates elected officials to act. So if your elected official is a member of the House Finance Committee or the Senate Ways and Means Committee, PLEASE write them today!


Questions? Email us at Info@KeepFilmInWA.com

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