Lawmakers defeat movie donation bill

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Lawmakers rejected an idea to let Colorado moviegoers have the option to donate a dime at theaters to attract filmmakers by boosting a state incentive fund. A Senate committee voted unanimously to indefinitely postpone House Bill 1207 yesterday.

The bill would have allowed voluntary donations at movie theaters for the Colorado Film Commission, which offers incentives to filmmakers.

The film industry has largely abandoned Colorado in favor of other states to make their movies because other places have more lucrative rebates. Republican Rep. Tom Massey said having more movies filmed in Colorado would help local economies.

The proposal started out as a 10-cent fee on movie tickets but the bill sponsors changed it to a voluntary donation. The bill did not require theaters to solicit donations.