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Mo. lawmakers grill highway Patrol on new airplane purchase

Date: January 30, 2013
By: Christine Roto
State Capitol Bureau

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Lawmakers questioned the Missouri Highway Patrol Wednesday about their recent 5.6 million dollar plane purchase.
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Wrap: The Missouri Highway Patrol superintendent says their old plane has maintenance problems and one plane is not enough for necessary traveling.

St. Louis Democratic Representative Genise Montecillo still questioned how the plane was justified for it's hourly cost of $900.

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Description: "$900 an hour to drive to a meeting anywhere in the state, I'm going to be honest, I find it appalling. It's upsetting to me."

Another representative says taxpayers will wonder what's going on in Jeff City and will question why they bought what he called the "Cadillac model" of an airplane.

The Highway Patrol lead says the plane came out of their budget for patrol cars and will be used to service Missouri for many years to come.

Reporting from the Capitol, I'm Christine Roto.

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The Missouri Highway Patrol apologized Wednesday to lawmakers for giving no notification before purchasing a $5.6 million plane.
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Wrap: Lee's Summit Republican Representative Jeff Grisamore says not notifying the General Assembly of the purchase of a brand new plane is a little unusual.

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Description: "Because it always brings the question up as well why didn't you, what were you hiding?
 
Colonel Ronald Replogle says he is sorry for his mistake.
 

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Description: "We should have came to several of those folks before hand and laid it all out for you, the needs for it, so it wouldn't look like what many folks are accusing us of doing here."

In response to the controversy of the plane, the state Senate delayed the confirmation of the Office of Administration Commissioner.

Reporting from the Capitol, I'm Christine Roto.

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Missouri Representatives question the quick approval of the Highway Patrol's new $5.6 million plane.
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Wrap: The Missouri Highway Patrol superintendent says they had to buy the plane quickly because it was a year-old model discounted only if they bought it prior to the end of the year.

After the explanation, Kirkwood Republican Representative and Budget Chair Rick Stream still questioned the urgency of the purchase.

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Description: "Even for the state government, a two-week turn-around is incredible, just incredible."

Colonel Ronald Replogle says he signed the paperwork which went through the Department of Public Safety to then be approved by the Office of Administration.

The Missouri Senate has delayed the confirmation of the Office of Administration Commissioner.

Reporting from the Capitol, I'm Christine Roto.


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