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The Associated Press February 2, 2012, 1:09PM ET

Committee advances Nebraska film incentive bill

A measure designed to help Nebraska cities attract film, television and commercial productions has advanced out of a legislative committee.

The Legislature's Urban Affairs Committee voted Thursday to move the measure (LB863) to the floor for debate.

The bill by Lincoln Sen. Colby Coash would apply to more than 50 Nebraska communities that qualify for state-based local option economic development money. Cities could use the money to attract producers.

Coash says the bill was inspired by a movie production in Valentine. Last year, the city council awarded $5,000 to a local hotel, catering service and van rental company that served the film crew. The production company invested $40,000 to $45,000.

The bill has won support from Omaha-born film director Alexander Payne and Omaha-based television actor and movie producer John Beasley.

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