A plan to draw film production companies to Wyoming with incentives died on a narrow House vote Thursday.
HB 164 would have created a program to allow the state to reimburse film companies for some of their expenses while filming in Wyoming. The reimbursement would only have gone into effect if the production company spent more than $200,000 in Wyoming.
The bill died on its third and final reading in the House on a vote of 30-27 with three people excused. To win final approval from the House, a bill must receive an “aye” vote from a majority of the 60-member body — 31 votes.
During testimony before committee, Wyoming Office of Tourism Director Diane Shober said the state’s lack of an incentive program and of skilled film production workers hurt its ability to compete with other states for productions.