Missouri Gov. Nixon upholds contract for Highway Patrol radio system

Wednesday, May 27, 2009 | 6:42 p.m. CDT; updated 8:03 p.m. CDT, Wednesday, May 27, 2009

JEFFERSON CITY — Gov. Jay Nixon's administration has rejected a challenge to a contract for a new Missouri State Highway Patrol radio system.

The decision Wednesday upholds the contract issued to Motorola Inc. by former Gov. Matt Blunt's administration shortly before he left office in January.

The contract is still subject to state financing. Nixon has not yet signed a bill authorizing the expenditure of nearly $112 million for the radio system.

The project would replace the patrol's outdated radios and could let local emergency responders communicate better with each other and with the state.

Motorola's winning base price of about $82 million was challenged by Tyco Electronics Ltd., which claimed its own bid was cheaper.

Nixon's Office of Administration rejected all of the protest points raised by Tyco.


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