Wednesday, May 27, 2009

hipppychick is a lighting desinger activist today!

the following borrowed from jimonlight.com

Texas House Bill 2649: What You Can Do

Posted May 27, 2009 at 11:46 am by Jim in Industry News, Legal Light, Policy and Legislation

If Texas House Bill 2649 becomes law, the implications for Lighting Designers could spread beyond the Texas borders. We need your help making sure the Texas government knows that the Lighting Designer amendments go too far.

What can you do? (Updated 1:45 MT)

  1. Call Texas Rep. Wayne Smith, who introduced the bill without Lighting Designer language in it, at 512-463-0733 and/or e-mail him and let him know your opinion on the bill before it goes into committee Friday evening. (Thanks @TravisBedard)
  2. Since the Senate added the Lighting Designer language after the House approved the bill, the House must review the bill once more. Contact your representative or just e-mail them all at once to make sure they know that the Lighting Designer language impacts too many people. Twitter Representatives @aaronpena, @AllenFletcher, @RepHughes, @Dan_Flynn, @dangattis, @TXRepErodriguez, @gfcoleman, @jddeshotel, @SpeakerStraus, @RepHancock, @lhbcampaign, @MarcVeasey, @MikeVillarreal, @TMF116
  3. Call Texas Senator Bob Deuell, Senate sponsor of the bill, at (512) 463-0102 and/or e-mail him and let him know your opinion on the bill ASAP.
  4. Call Texas Senator Kip Averitt at (512) 463-0122 and/or e-mail him and let him know your opinion on the bill ASAP.
  5. Make sure Governor Perry knows this bill is coming to him and ask that he veto it. We don’t want it to slide past without signature (becoming law). Phone in your opinion to (512) 463-1782. E-mail using his contact form. Twitter to @TexGov and @GovernorPerry. Fax to (512) 463-1849.

A yahoo group has started up to keep tabs on developments. Join No HB2649.

We’re updating this list throughout the day as we learn more.

UPDATE, Wednesday, May 27, 2009, 4:05pm EST:
I just got off the phone with Rep. Smith’s office, and the secretary told me that there have been a ton of calls today - and that Rep. Smith is hopefully going to be meeting with Senator Kip Averitt about getting the lighting designer verbage removed. Keep the calls coming to these people, everyone!

UPDATE, Wednesday, May 27, 2009, 4:16pm EST:
Just got off of the phone with Senator Kip Averitt’s office - Shelley from the office told me that she has gotten a ton of calls today about this bill, and that we should all be calling Representative Smith’s office and asking him to NOT CONCUR with HOUSE BILL 2649. Call Representative Smith’s office, and I believe we speak with Josh. Smith is at 512-463-0733, and e-mail him.


this is what the hubbub is all about - it passed in senate this morning -


Attention, Lighting Designers! YOU MUST READ Texas House Bill 2649

Posted May 26, 2009 at 8:33 pm by Jim in Architectural Lighting, Civil and Infrastructure Lighting, Designers, Home Lighting, Industry News, JimOnLight.com, Legal Light, Lighting Design, Lighting Discussion, Lighting Manufacturing, Policy and Legislation, landscape lighting

Everybody, this bill is scheduled for a vote TOMORROW. Texas House Bill 2649 puts us out of business, folks.

I just got information from John Baker in Houston about Texas House Bill 2649. I don’t know what your feelings are on this, but it deserves a read. IALD sent out a letter about voting this down - I have copied both the verbage in the bill and the letter from IALD below.

First and foremost, this bill is going to 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. From the Texas House Bill 2649:

Section 1001.3011 to read as follows:
Sec. 1001.3011. LIGHTING DESIGN; LICENSE OR REGISTRATION REQUIRED. (a) A person may not perform or offer to perform lighting design services unless the person is: (1)licensed as an engineer under this chapter;(2) registered as an architect, landscape architect, or interior designer under Subtitle B, Title 6; or (3) licensed under Chapter 1305. (b) In this section, “lighting design services” means the preparation of plans and specifications that depict the placement and direction of illumination of mounted or installed lighting fixtures in the interior or exterior of a building, including the specification of bulbs, reflectors, lens, louvers, baffles, and other hardware. The term does not include the preparation of shop drawings or other directions from a manufacturer for the installation or operation of lighting fixtures.

Also, read this:

SECTION 5. Subchapter F, Chapter 1051, Occupations Code, is amended by adding Section 1051.308 to read as follows: Sec. 1051.308. LIGHTING DESIGN; REGISTRATION OR LICENSE REQUIRED. (a) A person may not perform or offer to perform lighting design services unless the person is: (1) registered as an architect, landscape architect, or interior designer under this subtitle; (2) licensed as an engineer under Chapter 1001; or (3) licensed under Chapter 1305. (b) In this section, “lighting design services” means the preparation of plans and specifications that depict the placement and direction of illumination of mounted or installed lighting fixtures in the interior or exterior of a building, including the specification of bulbs, reflectors, lens, louvers, baffles, and other hardware. The term does not include the preparation of shop drawings or other directions from a manufacturer for the installation or operation of lighting fixtures. SECTION 6. Subchapter D, Chapter 1305, Occupations Code, is amended by adding Section 1305.1511 to read as follows: Sec. 1305.1511. LIGHTING DESIGN; LICENSE OR REGISTRATION REQUIRED. (a) A person may not perform or offer to perform lighting design services unless the person is: (1) licensed under this chapter; (2) licensed as an engineer under Chapter 1001; or (3) registered as an architect, landscape architect, or interior designer under Subtitle B, Title 6. (b) In this section, “lighting design services” means the preparation of plans and specifications that depict the placement and direction of illumination of mounted or installed lighting fixtures in the interior or exterior of a building, including the specification of bulbs, reflectors, lens, louvers, baffles, and other hardware. The term does not include the preparation of shop drawings or other directions from a manufacturer for the installation or operation of lighting fixtures.

A letter from IALD:

INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF LIGHTING DESIGNERS IALD STATEMENT ON TEXAS HOUSE BILL 2649

The Texas State Legislature is about to consider legislation that will have the unintended consequence of outlawing an entire profession-lighting design. The International Association of Lighting Designers (IALD) strongly urges all members of the Texas Legislature to drop this legislation, Texas House Bill 2649.

Slated for a vote on May 27, 2009, the legislation 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.

Members of the IALD abide by a strict code of ethics and bring both engineering 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 will be extensive: dozens of lighting designers practice in Texas, and hundreds of projects in the state depend on professional lighting designers for their full architectural expression.
We believe that the Texas Legislature does not mean to outlaw an entire profession, but that is the impact of the proposed legislation. Please vote against House Bill 2649.

Ok, lighting designers. CALL THESE PEOPLE EARLY TOMORROW and let them know that you do not approve:

Rep. Wayne Smith 512. 463.0733
Sen. Bob Deuell 512.463.0122
Sen. Kip Averitt 512.463.0102

The current status of the bill for Texas House Bill 2649 is here.

The text of Texas House Bill 2649 is here.

Look up your local Texas person here. MAKE SURE you do this step, this is who’s gonna vote!

Act quickly on this one, it gets voted on tomorrow, May 27, 2009.


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