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'House of Cards' Gets The Frank Underwood Treatment From Md. Delegate

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The producers of the hit series "House of Cards" are pushing Maryland to grant them more tax breaks... or else.
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The producers of the hit series "House of Cards" are pushing Maryland to grant them more tax breaks... or else.

One Maryland legislator isn't amused by threats from the producers of a hit show that they'll leave the state if they don't get more tax credits, so he's playing a little historical hardball with them.

The producers of the Netflix series "House of Cards" have threatened to leave Maryland if tax credits they receive for filming in the state aren't increased. Montgomery County Democratic Del. Bill Frick doesn't like that, and he decided that the best way to deal with threats from those behind Frank Underwood is to, well, go Frank Underwood on them.

Frick attached an amendment to the state budget the House passed yesterday that would allow Maryland to take over production facilities of the show via eminent domain if the producers decide to leave.

"I think reasonable people can agree or disagree about the wisdom of the credits in the first place. But in this instance being threatened by someone who received taxpayer dollars... we thought it deserved an appropriate and proportional response," he says.

If this ends up being in the budget lawmakers from both the House and Senate hash out in conference committee — which even Frick admits is highly unlikely — it would be only the second time the General Assembly has allowed the governor to seize a private entity through eminent domain.

The first was for the Baltimore Colts, who 30 years ago this week beat it out of town in yellow Mayflower vans to Indianapolis before Maryland could seize the team.

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