Maryland politicians have ended their holdout and decided to boost the U.S. state's film tax credit program. As a result, the Netflix drama "House of Cards" will remain there for its third season of filming.
The new legislation increases the allocation ceiling from $7.5 million to $18.5 million, which should be enough to keep the show in the state. MRC had been seeking a tax credit for Season 3 in line with Season 2's $15 million - which would have been impossible with Maryland's cap at $7.5 million.
This ends a long and very public argument between politicians and the show's producer Media Rights Capital. MRC claimed it would have to pull production out of the state if the legislation didn't pass, and then over a week ago the Maryland House of Delegates threatened to seize the production company's property under the right of 'eminent domain' should it try to leave.
Filming was slated to begin during the spring before this whole tax credit thing was dealt with. Now that it's settled, expect production to ramp up quickly.