This Monday, September 26th, the Senate Commerce Committee will hear two bills that will further the arts and health field in New Jersey.
S1601, the Music Therapists Licensing Act, and S2159/A2477, the Drama Therapists and Dance/Movement Therapists Act, advance the professionalism and the availability of creative therapies, and ensure that the therapeutic value of the arts is recognized and promoted.
What can YOU do?
You can attend the hearing and sign in as a supporter for S1601, the Music Therapist Licensing Act, and S2159/A2477, the Drama Therapists and Dance/Movement Therapists Act.
WHERE: Committee Room 6, First Floor, State House Annex, Trenton, NJ
WHEN: Monday, September 26, 2016 at 1 pm
When you enter the committee room, you will find a small table where you sign in and indicate that you are there for S1601, the Music Therapist Licensing Act, and S2159/A2477, the Drama Therapists and Dance/Movement Therapists Act. Check the box for SUPPORT and the box NO NEED TO TESTIFY or similar message.
Bills are heard in order of bill number.
The New Jersey State Task Force of the Mid-Atlantic Region of the American Music Therapy Association will present three testimonies, and others will be heard as well, including a brief testimony from ArtPride in support of both bills. The committee will vote at the end of testimony and committee questions. The goal is for a majority of affirmative votes to release the bill from the committee.
You will find directions and parking information HERE.
You can also learn more about the legislators on the Senate Commerce Committee HERE.
A large presence in support of any bill is often noted and recognized by legislators. You can make a difference just by being present and signing the log in support of these efforts. We understand that this is very short notice but this first Senate hearing will set the tone for the rest of the Senate process.
For more information, visit ArtPrideNj.com/AAHNJ