HBA-DMH H.B. 1216 77(R) BILL ANALYSIS Office of House Bill AnalysisH.B. 1216 By: Pitts Licensing & Administrative Procedures 2/28/2001 Introduced BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Currently, a person is prohibited from operating a talent agency in Texas unless the person is registered with the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR). Under provisions relating to the regulation of talent agencies, actors, models, and others involved in entertainment production considered vulnerable to entertainment industry deception are protected. However, TDLR's administrative rules limit the definition of "artist" to actors or models, for the purpose of protecting actors or models. House Bill 1216 modifies the definition of "artist" to conform to TDLR's administrative rules. RULEMAKING AUTHORITY It is the opinion of the Office of House Bill Analysis that this bill does not expressly delegate any additional rulemaking authority to a state officer, department, agency, or institution. ANALYSIS House Bill 1216 amends the Occupations Code to modify the definition of "artists" in relation to the regulation of talent agencies. The bill removes directors, musicians, musical directors, writers, cinematographers, composers, lyricists, arrangers of musical compositions, and other individuals who preform analogous professional services in specified productions from the definition of "artist." EFFECTIVE DATE On passage, or if the Act does not receive the necessary vote, the Act takes effect September 1, 2001.