In an effort to reduce what many consider a very real economic threat to the continued prosperity of Los Angeles, and California as a whole, The Hollywood Reporter is reporting that the State Assembly has sent a new bill aimed at curbing runaway production to the State Senate for consideration. The latest measure, dubbed AB-1969, was sent to the Senate after a 51-17 vote by the State Assembly and a rousing floor debate led by Democrat Paul Krekorian of Burbank. If approved at the Senate level, the as-yet unfunded measure would provide financial and other incentives to halt runaway production of film, television and commercials by creating a grant program through the California Film Commission.

This grant program, in order to receive funding, would either have to become part of Gov. Schwarzenegger's next budget or receive a separate funding influx from additional legislation. Unfortunately for those impacted by runaway production and for the Governor, this is not the first time a measure such as this has been proposed. In fact, we even brought you info about it before right here at Cinematical. At that time the measure did not pass and, according to the article, the Governor regrets its failure and vows this time it will be different -- although he provides no details on how this difference will be realized. Hopefully the measure will pass this time and we can keep production right here where it belongs -- in Los Angeles. After all, this is where it all started so it makes perfect sense that this is where it should stay.