Month: May 2009

Message from Marsha Turner, IALD Exec. VP, on Texas HB2649

Excerpted from IALD Reflections, the newsletter of the IALD: Thank you, all of you, who took the time to weigh in on this issue. Your efforts, and those of our…

Excerpted from IALD Reflections, the newsletter of the IALD:

Thank you, all of you, who took the time to weigh in on this issue. Your efforts, and those of our colleagues in the entertainment lighting industry, and members of the ALA, ESTA, IES and many other organizations, have paid off. I am pleased that we were able to mobilize so quickly and in such concentrated fashion. This effort demonstrates very clearly the power of a collective voice.

Now that Senator Averitt has agreed to remove the language from the bill, we need to send heartfelt and sincere thanks to those Texas legislators who received our vociferous protests. May I impose upon each of you to craft an appropriate message and send it on behalf of yourself or your company? It will go a long way toward helping ease future relations with the Texas decision-makers when we go back to the table and continue our discussions with them.

No one thinks this is over yet; far from it. This portion of the saga has been concluded in our favor, and that’s a big victory because the situation would have been very different, and very difficult, had things gone the other way. We should not belittle or downplay the effort that it took to achieve this “stay of execution” because it took hundreds of people and significant coordination among IALD, the ALA, ESTA and other organizations to put their collective influence, and that of their members, into play. What was accomplished here has never before been attempted or accomplished by the IALD.

It is correct for us to “celebrate the moment” just as it is correct for us to be working with Senator Averitt and the other Texas legislators to participate in the work that will happen after this. Which we are; those conversations have already begun. We will of course keep the membership informed.

Congratulations to all of you for a truly significant achievement.

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Texas Regulation of Lighting Design: What’s Next

I got an email this morning explaining why Senator Averitt added the language to the bill. Apparently, residential builders and owners in the Senator’s district had complained about people representing…

I got an email this morning explaining why Senator Averitt added the language to the bill. Apparently, residential builders and owners in the Senator’s district had complained about people representing themselves as lighting designers, selling bad equipment that did not perform, and producing a loss for the builders. Apparently, the Senator had no idea that there was a legitimate profession called lighting design and that the bill would damage it.

Nonetheless, the Senator still perceived a need for regulation. He’s taking the current lighting design language out of the bill but inserting language requiring the Texas Department of Licensing & Regulation to study the issue and propose regulation for the next legislative session in two years. When the next legislative session convenes in 2011, therefore, some type of legislative action may occur.

Ideally, the Texas Legislature and Department of Licensing & Regulation will work with groups like IALD throughout the process to ensure that any new regulation is rational and does not unfairly restrict the lighting design profession. But the result in the future may still be some type of licensing or qualification required for professionals providing lighting design services in the State of Texas.

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May Issue of LightNOW Newsletter Published

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Bega’s “Urban Furniture”

BEGA/US has introduced the Urban Furniture bollard to provide robust, glare-free, wide light distribution for parks, schools and public spaces. The luminaire uses a 39W ceramic metal halide lamp, operates…

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BEGA/US has introduced the Urban Furniture bollard to provide robust, glare-free, wide light distribution for parks, schools and public spaces.

The luminaire uses a 39W ceramic metal halide lamp, operates cool to the touch, and is available in standard BEGA colors: black, white, bronze, silver (and custom supplied on special order).

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Lighting Design Profession Wins: Texas HB2649 to be Amended (updated)

Good news! It’s confirmed: 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 &…

Good news! It’s confirmed: 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, according to Texas State Senator Kip Averitt’s office.

IALD President Jeff Miller said the combined grassroots efforts organized by the architectural and theatrical lighting design communities paid off.

“We hope that the Texas legislature and executive branches will continue to work with us to help ensure the continued economic and creative health of our industry,” he added.

In other words, the issue may come back to haunt us in two years when the Texas legislature reconvenes. Hopefully, the Texas Department of Licensing & Regulation will be open to working with groups like IALD to ensure that any new regulation is rational and does not unfairly restrict the lighting design profession.

A number of steps must be taken before the current legislative session ends on May 31, but the bottom line is lighting designers will continue to be able to practice in the State of Texas.

There is no further need to contact the Governor or involved legislators, but you may wish to write to them to thank them.

To all those who took the time to help stop this assault on the lighting design profession, the industry thanks you for a job well done!

And a special thanks to the International Association of Lighting Designers (IALD), which demonstrated excellent leadership over the past several days, lobbying quietly behind the scenes while keeping its members informed.

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Keep Up The Pressure on Texas HB2649 (updated)

Your voice has been heard. There have been hundreds of phone calls, letters and emails over the past 48 hours about this potentially disastrous bill. Now here’s an update for…

Your voice has been heard. There have been hundreds of phone calls, letters and emails over the past 48 hours about this potentially disastrous bill. Now here’s an update for Thursday, May 28. The latest word via discussions on LinkedIn and emails I’ve received is:

* Senator Averitt’s office has indicated that he will be removing the language that refers to lighting design and lighting designers. He was the author of this provision.

* Governor Perry’s office has indicated that he will veto the bill if it arrives on his desk with the language referring to lighting design and lighting designers.

This is good news. Your efforts are working!

BUT I just got word from IALD that Senator Averitt, the principal sponsor of the “outlaw lighting designers” amendment language, is not willing to drop the issue entirely. He is willing to entertain the idea of referring the whole problem to the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation for further study and consideration by the Legislature at its next regular session in January 2011.

In short, this isn’t over yet. We are still in a critical window of time. We need to keep up the pressure.

IALD is telling us today: “The work involved in removing the wording in THB2649 threatening the practice of lighting design in Texas is not complete, but the tactics must now change.”

IALD is advising us to focus our efforts on Senator Averitt:

1. Call Texas Senator Kip Averitt, who introduced the amendments to the bill specific to lighting designers, at 512.463.0122 and let him know your opinion on the bill ASAP.

2. Contact Texas Governor Perry at 512.463.1782 and ask that he veto it.

And of course, if you live in Texas, you should also contact your representative.

There have been reliable reports that the contacts with Rep. Smith’s office have gotten pretty hostile, involving profanity. Please be assertive but not aggressive with the staffers you talk to on the phone. Doing otherwise will hurt more than help.

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JoAnne Lindsley’s Letter to Texas Representative Wayne Smith

I was copied on this letter that JoAnne Lindsley, a leading lighting designer, past president of IALD and principal of Lindsley Consultants Inc., wrote to Texas Representative Wayne Smith about…

I was copied on this letter that JoAnne Lindsley, a leading lighting designer, past president of IALD and principal of Lindsley Consultants Inc., wrote to Texas Representative Wayne Smith about the new bill, which has passed both houses of the state legislature, that essentially would require licensing to do lighting design. Rep. Smith initiated the bill without the language restricting the lighting design profession. JoAnne gave me permission to publish the letter here at LightNOW. Add your voice to hers by calling Rep. Smith at 512.463.0733 or email him.

Dear Representative Smith,

I am writing to you because I understand that you initiated this bill without the restriction that excludes the profession of lighting design.

I have been a Professional Lighting Designer for three decades.
Architectural Lighting Design has been a distinct profession for more than four decades.

Time is short and I have just learned of the Texas bill HB2649/SB2414 this evening. I understand that it has passed both houses in preparation for signing by Governor Perry. I implore you to do what you can to revert to the original language of this bill that did not exclude unlicensed professionals.

Not knowing the original impetus for this bill, I cannot intelligently argue that this mandate is counter to the motivation. I can tell you that hundreds of professional lighting designers are well qualified, uniquely qualified in fact, to do the tasks that are outlined in this bill. Although many, or most of designers like me are trained in one of the professions that are named, they have chosen to concentrate in the rich and interesting field of lighting design. There is no licensing criteria for architectural lighting designers. To lose their services in the state of Texas will be a great disservice to the people of Texas and set an unfortunate precedence for legislation in other states.

I have copied Professor Fred Oberkircher of Texas Christian University, among interested others. Fred is leaving his long time post as Director of the TCU Center for Lighting Eduction to become the President of the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America.

I have reviewed his resume at: http://www.demt.tcu.edu/oberkircher.asp,
and while he is supremely qualified in the field of lighting it appears that he will not be able to practice in his home state of Texas after September 1st, should this legislation be signed into law. You can view Professor Oberkircher’s resume through the link above.

My resume is attached for reference as exemplifying the background of an experienced but unlicensed professional. I live and practice in the New York Metropolitan area. I have a current project under construction in Arlington, TX.

Please consider this message, and resolve this legislation in favor of allowing the benefits of professional lighting design, for people and buildings of your state.

Sincerely,

JoAnne Lindsley

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Veolia Launches Recycle a Bulb Network

At Lightfair, I had the pleasure of being introduced to Barry Jordan, National Sales Manager for recycling firm Veolia Environmental Services. He told me about his company’s new website, www.recycleabulb.com,…

At Lightfair, I had the pleasure of being introduced to Barry Jordan, National Sales Manager for recycling firm Veolia Environmental Services. He told me about his company’s new website, www.recycleabulb.com, designed to streamline collection of household CFLs for disposal and recycling. Utilities, efficiency programs and other collection organizations are invited to participate. Consumers go to the website, type in their ZIP, and find the nearest collection point to return CFLs. When I checked the site, there were 3,045 participating locations. Great idea!

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IALD Urges Lighting Community to Respond to Texas Bill

IALD is hoping the Texas Senate Business & Commerce Committee will remove language restrictive to the profession as a “technical adjustment” when the bill is prepared for the Governor’s signature,…

IALD is hoping the Texas Senate Business & Commerce Committee will remove language restrictive to the profession as a “technical adjustment” when the bill is prepared for the Governor’s signature, or the eventual veto of the bill by the Governor should no changes in language be made.

Here’s what IALD says we can do:

1. IF YOU ONLY HAVE TIME TO CONTACT ONE PERSON, call Texas Rep. Wayne Smith at +1 512 463 0733. Rep. Smith initiated the bill in the Texas State House of Representatives without the language restricting the lighting design profession, and/or email him and let him know your opinion on the bill before it goes into committee Friday evening.

2. Since the Senate added the Lighting Designer language after the House approved the bill, the House must review the bill once more. If you live in Texas, contact your representative or just email them all at once to make sure they know that the lighting designer language impacts too many people. Twitter to Texas 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 email him and let him know your opinion on the bill ASAP.

4. Call Texas Senator Kip Averitt, who introduced the amendments to the bill specific to lighting designers, at 512.463.0122 and/or email him and let him know your opinion on the bill ASAP.

5. Make sure Texas State Governor Perry knows this bill is coming to him and ask that he veto it. Phone in your opinion to 512.463.1782. Fax to 512.463.1849. Email using his contact form. Twitter to @TexGov and @GovernorPerry.

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