Texas Senator to withdraw language outlawing lighting design

June 1, 2009
Date Announced: 01 Jun 2009 -- IALD Public Policy Update on THB2649 Texas State Senator Kip Averitt's office has called to inform IALD that the "lighting designer" language in Texas House Bill 2649 (THB2649) will be withdrawn and replaced with language requesting a study by the Texas Department of Licensing & Regulation of the feasibility of licensing in the industry. "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 hope that the Texas legislature and executive branches will continue to work with us to help insure 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!(For more history, see "Texas state legislature outlaws non-licensed lighting design.")

Jennifer Jones

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