Texas State Senator Kip Averitt's Chief of Staff has called to inform the IALD that the "lighting designer" language in Texas House Bill 2649 will be withdrawn and replaced with language requesting a study by the Texas Department of Licensing & Regulation of the feasibility of licensing in the industry. Sen. Averitt introduced amendment language at the committee level on May 23 to ban the lighting design industry.
"The IALD is extremely pleased that the combined grassroots efforts organized by the architectural and theatrical lighting design communities have paid off," IALD President Jeff Miller stated. "We will continue to work with the Texas legislature and executive branches to ensure the continued economic and creative health of our industry."
There are various technical steps to be completed in the next few days as the Texas legislative session reaches its statutory end-of-life on 31 May, but the bottom line is that lighting designers will be able to continue to practice in Texas.
On May 27, 2009, the Texas State Legislature passed legislation drafted without any input from lighting designers, restricting 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.
The International Association of Lighting Designers (IALD) has urged the Texas Senate Business & Commerce Committee remove language restrictive to the profession in Texas House Bill 2649 as a "technical adjustment" when the bill is prepared for Gov. Rick Perry's signature, or the eventual veto of the bill by the Governor should no changes in language be made.
Members of the IALD abide by a strict code of ethics and bring both technical knowledge and artistic sensibilities to bringing out the best in buildings and outdoor spaces. IALD professional lighting designers dedicate their careers exclusively to the art and science of lighting. There is no substitute for their level of expertise and professionalism.
The economic impact of the proposed legislation would be extensive: many lighting designers practice in Texas, and hundreds of projects in the state depend on professional lighting designers for their full architectural expression.