Legislation + Regulation

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AGC Study: Stimulus Construction Funds Have Little Impact So Far on Companies’ Hiring

The stimulus plan appears to be having little influence on construction companies’ ability to expand payrolls to date, according to a new industry analysis of the impact of the federal program’s construction spending released by the Associated General Contractors of America. The disappointingly slow pace of construction spending outside of the transportation sector is one [...]

Legislation + Regulation

NRDC: American Clean Energy Leadership Act Will Save Americans Average $6/Month

According to an analysis released today by the Natural Resources Defense Council, Americans across the country will save on their monthly electricity bill under the American Clean Energy Leadership Act. NRDC experts say most consumers will save money under the legislation’s energy-efficiency and consumer protection provisions. The following is a statement by Dan Lashof, director [...]

Legislation + Regulation

President Obama Announces New Lighting Efficiency Rules

Yesterday, President Barack Obama and U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced aggressive actions to promote energy efficiency and save American consumers billions of dollars per year. Included were major changes to energy conservation standards for numerous household and commercial lamps and lighting equipment. These are the same rules proposed by the Department of Energy and [...]

Legislation + Regulation, Lighting Design

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 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 [...]

Legislation + Regulation, Lighting Design

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 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 [...]

Legislation + Regulation, Lighting Design

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 & 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 [...]

Legislation + Regulation, Lighting Design

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 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 [...]

Legislation + Regulation, Lighting Design

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 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 [...]

Legislation + Regulation, Lighting Design

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, 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. [...]

Legislation + Regulation, Lighting Design

Texas Passes Bill Requiring Licensing to Do Lighting Design (updated)

Wow. This is terrible. Yesterday, I received an email from IALD about Texas HB2649/SB2414 (the House and Senate versions are identical), “An Act Relating to the Regulation and Practice of Engineering,” which requires professionals who do lighting design to be a licensed electrician, architect, interior designer, landscape architect or engineer. The bill passed the House [...]

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