South Carolina film incentives in jeopardy again

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - South Carolina legislators say they will try to put film industry incentives back in the state budget to keep "Army Wives" filming in the state and attract other video productions.

The spokesman for House Speaker Bobby Harrell said Friday the Charleston Republican believes the incentives should remain. Greg Foster said the "Army Wives" television series shows how lucrative studio productions can be, with producers buying from local businesses and cast members relocating.

The House renewed the incentive package in its budget plan for the fiscal year that starts July 1. But the Senate removed it from theirs this week.

Last year, "Army Wives" officials threatened to move the Charleston-based production if the incentives were not extended.

As a House member, Gov. Nikki Haley voted to get rid of them.

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