Update: According to those in the know (and some of our comment authors), the licensure requirement is unlikely to survive the reconciliation process with the House bill. Apparently, this licensing requirement was added by state Senators late in the process, and is not part of the original bill authored by Rep. Smith..
Stage Directions magazine reports that The Texas Senate has passed legislation that will prohibit anyone from practicing lighting design except for registered architects, landscape architects, engineers, interior designers, and commercial electricians. The Bill, H.B. 2649 stands to put all theatrical and entertainment lighting designers in a bind, unless an exception or exemption is added before the bill becomes law.
As passed by the state's Senate, three different sections of the legislation prohibit “a person from performing or offering to perform lighting design service unless the person is licensed as an engineer; registered as an architect, landscape architect, or interior designer; or licensed as an Electrician.
Texas-based theatrical and entertainment lighting designers are advised to consult with their lawyers and unions and lobby hard against this proposed law before it is voted on by the Texas House of Representatives, and ultimately signed into law.
ASK THE READERS:
What do you think? Should lighting designers in theatre, film and other entertainment media be regulated and licensed by the states in which they work?
What about scenic, costume, sound and other designers?
What governmental interest is served by such regulation?