Texas House Bill 2649 is going up for vote in the state Senate tomorrow and needs your immediate action!
2649 make it impossible for lighting designers who work in Texas to work on projects without being licensed as either an electrician, architect, engineer, landscape architect, or interior designer. If Texas passes this bill, there will probably be more bills just like this in other states. Read more at Jim on Light.
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pictures233 pieces631I am writing to urge you to vote NO on HB 2649. HB 2649 has been drafted without any input from lighting designers, and restricts the practice of lighting design to members of other professions and trades, such as architects, engineers and electricians. There are no provisions in the legislation for establishing a licensing standard for lighting designers.
I have a personal investment in this bill. My husband is a Lighting Designer. He is a professional in his craft, having received a Masters in Lighting Design from The Ohio State University and soon to receive a Masters in Architectural Lighting from KTH in Sweden. Additionally, he has taught lighting design as an Assistant Professor at the University of Texas at Arlington. He is also a member of the United Scenic Artists union, having had his professional credentials evaluated by his peers.
All of these accolades, education and experience will mean nothing if this bill passes. He is not an architect, interior designer, or engineer. He is a small business owner who provides Lighting Design consultation and services. He will be out of business if this bill passes.
Please consider the economic impact of this legislation. Professional, practicing Lighting Designers in Texas will be out of work.
The International Association of Lighting Designers (IALD) does not support House Bill 2649. Please consider doing the same.
Texans, please call your senator and tell them to VOTE NO on 2649.