[r63] Rep. Messmer authors bills to bring testing, price preferences to national standards

Posted by: Zach Weismiller  | Friday, January 27, 2012

STATEHOUSE – Two bills authored by State Rep. Mark Messmer (R-Jasper) passed the House today. House Bill (HB) 1148, concerning engineer and land surveyor examinations, passed the House by a vote of 88-3. HB 1154, dealing with local purchasing and public works preferences, passed the House by a vote of 73-18.

HB 1148 would update a state law stating that engineers and surveyors must take written tests for their licenses and would allow them to take the exams on a computer instead.

“In the near future the organization that administers those exams is changing to all computer-based exams,” said Rep. Messmer. “Our current laws require those exams to be written tests, and this bill would allow our laws to comply with national standards and to be brought into the 21st century.”

HB 1154 would repeal the local Indiana business preference for public works projects passed during the previous legislative session.

“By repealing this law, Indiana construction work will keep in compliance with federal competitive bidding rules,” said Rep. Messmer. “This bill will also make the price preference optional on purchase of supplies.”