MONTGOMERY – The Alabama House of Representatives will take up a bill aimed to grow the state’s film production industry and boost job growth when lawmakers return for the eighth day of the 2012 legislative session Tuesday.
House Speaker Mike Hubbard said Alabama has a real opportunity to expand its presence in the film and television industry, and create jobs in the process.
“Growing Alabama’s film production industry can render tremendous economic benefits for our state, and I’ve been impressed at the leading role Rep. Terri Collins (R-Decatur) has played on this issue,” Speaker Hubbard said. “We want Octavia Spencer’s next Oscar to be for a movie made right here in Alabama.”
Spencer, a Montgomery-native and Auburn University graduate, won the Academy Award for best supporting actress on Sunday for her role in “The Help.”
Additional bills up this week would fund bonuses for certified teachers and protect pension benefits for state law enforcement.
“Rewarding teachers for earning national board certification helps us increase the quality of our teaching ranks and ensure students achieve more,” Speaker Hubbard said. “We’re also committed to protecting the benefits of our state police, which Rep. Jay Love’s bill will do by clearing up the law to make sure overtime pay counts toward retirement.”
More information on these marquee bills on the calendar for Tuesday:
Alabama Film Incentive Enhancement Act, House Bill 243 sponsored by Rep. Terri Collins
Teacher Certification Bonuses, House Bill 251 sponsored by Rep. Jay Love (R-Montgomery)
Protecting Public Safety Retirement Benefits, House Bill 255 sponsored by Rep. Jay Love
The House convenes at 1:00 p.m. Tuesday.