[r63] Rep. Messmerís bills to bring testing, price preferences to national standards signed by governor

Posted by: Zach Weismiller  | Thursday, February 23, 2012

STATEHOUSE—Gov. Mitch Daniels signed into law two bills authored by State Rep. Mark Messmer (R-Jasper).  House Bill (HB) 1148, concerning engineer and land surveyor examinations and HB 1154, dealing with local purchasing and public works preferences, will both go into effect July 1, 2012.

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

“The national organization that administers engineer and surveyor exams will soon switchover to solely computer-based tests,” said Rep. Messmer. “Indiana currently requires handwritten exams, so this bill would bring our laws in line with national standards and take advantage of 21st century technology.”

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

“Federal statutes have set fair competitive bidding rules and the repeal of the Indiana local preference is necessary to bring us into compliance,” said Rep. Messmer. “The local preference can still be used by county and local governments for supply purchases.”