bill authorizing $16.5 million in state spending to help fix a
multimillion-dollar goof in building a Nevada Highway Patrol communications
system has been sent to the governor.
appropriates most of the money from the state’s highway fund and
$1.8 million from the general fund, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported. The lawmakers’ Interim Finance Committee would have
final say on how the money is spent.
bill was introduced and approved in the last week of the legislative
session after lawmakers were told the state highway patrol could
face hefty Federal Communications Commission fines for operating
a communications system without proper licenses for three years.
patrol spent $14 million on a contract with Motorola to build
the computer radio system to link troopers with each other, the
dispatch center and other law enforcement agencies, the newspaper
reported. It was activated in 2000.
no one ever applied to the FCC for licenses for the frequencies,
and the FCC is asking the patrol to get off those frequencies
by June 9.
error will force the patrol to switch to an old communications
system, and could mean the agency will have to build a system
as fast and as capable as the one it would have to dismantle.