Maryland House Fights Back Over ‘House Of Cards’ Tax Break Threat

Netflix’s House Of Cards already has threatened to pick up and move its production to another state if the Maryland legislature doesn’t approve sufficient tax credits. And now, the Maryland House of Delegates has responded, adopting budget language that would require the state to seize the production company’s property if it does any such thing. The provision, proposed by Montgomery County Democrat, Del. William Frick, orders the state to use the right of eminent domain to buy or condemn the property of any company that has claimed $10 million or more credits against the state income tax, the Baltimore Sun reports. The provision would appear to apply only to the Netflix series. The amendment was accepted without debate. To take effect, the House language would need to be accepted in a conference with the Senate, which has already voted to increase the film tax credit. Stay tuned.

Related: ‘House Of Cards’ Delays Production With Maryland Tax Credit Bills In Limbo

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