Muna-Barnes Seeks Input On Bill That Would Create Guam Film Office

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Guam – Senator Tina Muna-Barnes is seeking public input on a measure that would create “The Guam Film Office.”

The draft bill would regulate and streamline the permitting process for film production on island for non-local companies.

In a release, the Senator notes that there are currently no guidelines to promote and set standards for non-local film crews who want to use Guam as a location.

Muna-Barnes says she is already working with GEDA to refine her legislation, but she also wants input from Guam based film companies, the Guam Visitors Bureau, island photographers, modeling agencies and insurance companies, as well as others.

The release quotes Senator Muna Barnes as saying : “We need to strike the right balance between government regulation and entrepreneurial freedom. A Guam Film Office isn’t about preventing the game; it is about ensuring everyone understands the rules by which the game ought to be played.”

You can contact Senator Muna-Barne’s office at: 472.3455/6 or email cmunabrecht@guamlegislature.org  or chelsa@tinamunabarnes.com

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READ Senator Muna-Barnes’ FULL release below:

“Senator Muña Barnes drafts legislation to create a Guam Film Office and seeks input of stakeholders”

Hagåtña- June 23, 2011—At the request of local and off-island production companies, Senator Tina Rose Muña Barnes is seeking public input on legislation that would create “The Guam Film Office.” The draft measure seeks to properly regulate and streamline the process of film production permitting in Guam by non-local companies.

The legislation proposes the creation of an office under the Guam Economic Development Authority (“GEDA”) to better define the permitting process related to filming in Guam. While the draft legislation currently exempts local businesses and non-profits, no guidelines exist to promote and set standards for Guam’s use as a site for film production by nonlocal companies.

Senator Muña Barnes is working with GEDA to refine the legislation and is seeking input from members of the community who have an interest in film
production. She is seeking input from film production companies, the Guam Visitors Bureau, photographers, modeling agencies, insurance companies, public safety personnel, Department of Public Works, Department of Parks and Recreation, Guam Environmental Protection Agency and the Mayors Council of Guam, among others.

Senator Muna Barnes said:

“We need to strike the right balance between government regulation and entrepreneurial freedom. A Guam Film Office isn’t about preventing the game; it is about ensuring everyone understands the rules by which the game ought to be played.

Every facet of our community from mayors in their villages to DPW and public access-ways can be impacted by a film project gone bad, I want to be sure that this legislation is effective from inception to execution and that is why I am seeking public input at the earliest possible stage.