Music therapists

A bid by music therapists to get some state recognition was quashed Tuesday by Gov. Jan Brewer.

The legislation sponsored by Sen. Kelli Ward, R-Lake Havasu City, would have the state certify individuals who had certain training and experience.

Barbara Else, a Tucson music therapist, said some hospitals and facilities require such certification before they allow an individual to practice there. Without that certification, she said, some patients cannot get access to the specialized care music therapists can provide.

Brewer said, though, that the legislation appears to be a one-way street: The health department would be required to issue a state certification to those who qualify but would have no authority to revoke that certification or impose penalties on those who act outside the scope of their practice.

“Further, there is no background check requirement despite the fact that music therapists often work with vulnerable children and adults,” the governor wrote.

Else said she had hoped to meet with Brewer’s staff prior to Tuesday’s action. She said the veto means the therapists need to regroup to try again next year.

Metal thefts

A new law signed Tuesday by the governor is aimed at stemming the outbreak of the theft of metals.

Existing law already makes it a crime to steal items. And there are requirements for scrap metal dealers to keep certain records.

This new law expands that to also make it illegal to have possession of items knowing or having reason to know that the items were stolen. It also criminalizes purchasing metal of another knowing it was stolen.

The legislation comes as the price of copper in particular has risen, leading to thieves removing wiring and pipes from homes, businesses and even electrical transformers.

• Compiled by Howard Fischer of Capitol Media Services.

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