EXECUTIVE ORDER S-15-04


WHEREAS, the California Film Commission was established to encourage motion picture and television filming in California; and WHEREAS, the State supports the California Film Commission's efforts to retain and attract the production of films in California to ensure that the motion picture industry remains a vital provider of jobs and revenue in the State; and WHEREAS, the film industry generates more than $33 billion annually for the State's economy and employs more than 250,000 workers; and WHEREAS, the State of California works in collaboration with the motion picture industry and strives to create an environment of mutual cooperation and understanding; and WHEREAS, the California Film Commission is charged with establishing a solid and lasting relationship between the motion picture industry and the State of California. NOW, THEREFORE, I, ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER, Governor of the State of California, by virtue of the power and authority vested in me by the Constitution and statutes of the State of California, do hereby issue this order to become effective immediately: 1. For purposes of the Executive Order, "motion picture" means production in film, video, television, and commercial. 2. Each agency and department in the Executive Branch shall maintain a cooperative relationship and work with the Commission to ensure that the Commission is able to carry out its duties and meet its objectives, as provided in the Motion Picture, Television, and Commercial Industries Act of 1984 (Government Code section 14998, et seq.), in the most efficient and expeditious manner possible. 3. The California Environmental Protection Agency; Health and Human Services Agency; Labor and Workforce Development Agency; Resources Agency; State and Consumer Services Agency; and the Youth and Adult Correctional Agency; Departments of Corrections, Employment Development, Fish and Game, Food and Agriculture, Forestry and Fire Protection, General Services, Motor Vehicles, Parks and Recreation, Transportation, Water Resources, and Youth Authority; California Highway Patrol; California Coastal Commission; California Science Center; and Office of the State Fire Marshal shall designate a Film Liaison within its existing staff and notify the California Film Commission (Commission) of the liaison's name and contact information. The Film Liaison shall serve as the liaison between the agency, department, or commission, and the Commission and members of the motion picture industry to ensure all of the following: a) any application for the rental or use of state-owned property or equipment provided to the liaison shall be promptly provided to the head of the agency, department, or commission having jurisdiction over the property for approval or disapproval; b) the approval or disapproval of an application for the rental or use of state-owned property or equipment shall be immediately communicated to the Director of the Film Office, consistent with the provisions of Government Code section14998.8; c) during the production of a motion picture pursuant to a permit, the agency, department, or commission representative shall be available for telephone consultation with the Commission's staff after office hours and on weekends in the event that consultation or assistance regarding the use of state-owned property or equipment is needed; d) the agency, department, or commission shall submit all proposed fees for the recovery of costs for state services or the rental or use of state-owned property or equipment to the Commission and provide a brief, written explanation as to how the fees were calculated, consistent with the provisions of Government Code sections 6215 and 14998.8(a), to enable the Commission to approve the fees prior to imposition upon the motion picture industry; e) the agency, department, or commission shall make a determination that any written guidelines or policies currently in place or developed by the agency, department, or commission that would have clear, explicit, and definite implications for the production of motion pictures on state-owned property are consistent with the provisions of Government Code sections 6215 and 14998.8(g), and do not conflict with any regulations or written guidelines or policies of the Commission. 4. Agency Secretaries shall be responsible for ensuring compliance with the provisions of this Executive Order for their respective agencies. 5. Other entities of state government not under the Governor's direct executive authority, including constitutional officers, the legislative and judicial branches, and the University of California, California State University, and California Community Colleges are requested to participate in this effort. I FURTHER DIRECT that as soon as hereafter possible, this order be filed in the Office of the Secretary of State and that widespread publicity and notice be given to this order.