Daniel Tellez 

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congressman Russ Fulcher, ranking member on the Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests, and Public Lands, has introduced the Federal Interior Land Media Act (FILM) Act to eliminate burdensome red tape involved in the film permitting process on federal lands. This is a House companion bill to Senator John Barrasso’s (R-WY) legislation in the Senate, which can be found here.

The FILM Act modernizes the outdated, expensive, and cumbersome film permitting process on federal lands administered by the Departments of the Interior and Agriculture. Specifically, the bill provides exceptions from permitting and fees for video, still photography, and audio recording activities, regardless of distribution platform, that meet certain requirements.

“Nothing beats seeing Idaho landscapes up close and in person,” Congressman Fulcher remarked. “However, for those not fortunate enough to be living in or visiting our state, they should be able to experience the sights and sounds of the Gem State without regulatory impediments. The FILM Act removes barriers to recording on public lands, encouraging visitors to promote Idaho’s scenic beauty with the rest of the world.”

Read the text of the FILM Act here.