A Florida Senate committee has amended a bill that excluded films with gay characters from an incentive package aimed at the film industry, the Palm Beach Post reported.

Lawmakers hope the package of tax credits and incentives will entice filmmakers to set up shop in Florida. The bill's so-called family-friendly tax credit which sought to discourage the production of movies that include depictions of gay families created a storm of controversy when reported in the media.

The requirement that a tax credit only available to films that do not exhibit or imply “nontraditional family values” has been stricken from the Senate version of the bill sponsored by Senator Don Gaetz, a Republican from Niceville. In a 22-to-2 vote, the bill cleared its first committee hearing on Thursday.

Gay rights group Florida Together said it was “delighted the discriminatory language was removed from the Senate bill.”

“We thank the Senate for working with us to craft a bill that can create jobs without discriminating against a segment of Florida's families,” Georg Ketelhohn, chair of the group, said in a statement.

A similar House version of the measure offered by Representative Stephen Precourt, an Orlando Republican, still contains the requirement. Last week, Representative Ari Porth, a Democrat, removed his name from the measure after the Post reported on the bill.