HBA-DMH C.S.H.B. 1216 77(R) BILL ANALYSIS Office of House Bill AnalysisC.S.H.B. 1216 By: Pitts Licensing & Administrative Procedures 3/29/2001 Committee Report (Substituted) 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 radio or television 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. C.S.H.B. 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 C.S.H.B. 1216 amends the Occupations Code to modify the definition of "artist" in relation to the regulation of talent agencies. The bill removes directors, actors who perform in theatrical or other entertainment productions, 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. COMPARISON OF ORIGINAL TO SUBSTITUTE C.S.H.B. 1216 differs from the original bill by removing an actor who performs in a theatrical or other entertainment production from the definition of "artist." The substitute also adds transition provisions.