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.