Members of the American Lighting Assn.’s Political Action Committee met with legislators during the organization’s annual lobbying mission to Washington, D.C., last month, May 3-4. During the two days of back-to-back appointments and engagements, ALA sat down to discuss key issues facing the lighting industry with Sens. Mark Pryor (D-AR) and Pete V. Domenici (R-NM) and Reps. Joe Barton (R-TX), Bart Gordon (D-TN) and Pete Sessions (R-TX), as well as with representatives from the Dept. of Energy and the Consumer Product Safety Commission.
“As an industry, we’re facing all of these various issues, such as California’s Title 24, from both a state and national perspective,” says Clark Linstone, President of Pacific Coast Lighting and Chair of ALA’s Government Affairs and Political Action Committees. “It’s important to have the ability to go to Washington to meet with legislators and executive branch personnel in order to have a more collaborative approach to these issues.”
As a result of its efforts in Washington, ALA gained bipartisan backing for HR 4822, the technical correction bill that will extend the deadline for torchiere compliance under the Energy Act of 2005, and solidified the industry’s support of energy-efficient initiatives already underway.