Pursuant to Article IV, Section 14, of the Texas Constitution, I, Rick Perry, Governor of Texas, do hereby disapprove of and veto House Bill No. 3125 as passed by the Eighty-Second Texas Legislature, Regular Session, because of the following objections:
House Bill 3125 would require promoters and artists to comply with the terms of a contract for the distribution of recording revenue or event proceeds for a performance at a live entertainment event. The promoter and artist also would be required to agree to and secure permission in writing for the recording of a live entertainment event before it is recorded.
It is unnecessary to enact legislation to require two private parties to comply with a contract that the parties have freely entered into themselves. Existing contract law more aptly applies to such agreements, and in the event of a contractual dispute, there are more appropriate forums to resolve disagreements between the parties. Furthermore, this bill ambiguously places its requirements among criminal offenses and penalties.
Since the Eighty-Second Texas Legislature, Regular Session, by its adjournment has prevented the return of this bill, I am filing these objections in the office of the Secretary of State and giving notice thereof by this public proclamation according to the aforementioned constitutional provision.
IN TESTIMONY WHEREOF, I have signed my name officially and caused the Seal of the State to be affixed hereto at Austin, this 17th day of June, 2011.
Governor of Texas
ESPERANZA "HOPE" ANDRADE
Secretary of State