HB 787

86(R) - 2019
House Public Health
House Public Health

Vote Recommendation

  • Negative
  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Negative
  • Negative


Sarah Davis
Ernest Bailes
Roland Gutierrez
J.D. Sheffield
John Smithee

Bill Caption

Relating to a study on the state certification of music therapists.

Fiscal Notes

No significant fiscal implication to the State is anticipated.

Bill Analysis

HB 787 would create a music therapy council to conduct a study on the need for state recognition of music therapists. This bill specifies membership requirements for the council. The council would be required to study what skills, education, competencies, basic knowledge, continuing education, etc. are necessary to be a music therapist. The council would be required to make recommendations regarding procedures for the state to certify music therapists and renew certifications. 

Vote Recommendation Notes

Texas Action opposes HB 787 because it violates the principles of individual liberty, free markets, and limited government. Certification of this profession is not a core function of state government. Furthermore, certification is a first step toward occupational licensure. Texas has too many licensed occupations and does not need to add more. Occupational licensure is anti-competitive and adds barriers to entry for people to be employed in the field of their choice. We oppose HB 787.