The Walz administration has signed a 34-million-dollar contract to replace the state’s troubled vehicle licensing and registration system, MN-LARS, with a system from an outside vendor, Fast Enterprises. They’re the only company that bid on the job, which doesn’t bother Republican state Representative Paul Torkelson from Hanska:

“It’s not really surprising that they’re the only vendor, since they had already done that work on the drivers license side.   They know the state, they know our needs, and we are confident that the company can do the job.”

The governor’s office says the software replacement project will be completed in two phases, the first in 16 months, and the second phase 10 months after that.