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State senator challenging no-bid contract law

GREEN BAY (WKOW) - A state senator says he wants to change a law that allowed Governor Jim Doyle's administration to enter into a $47 million, no-bid contract with a Spanish company for passenger trains.

Senator Rob Cowles, a Republican from Green Bay, said he will introduce a bill to repeal a 1997 state law that exempts passenger rail contracts from competitive bidding requirements.

Doyle's administration used that law to buy two passenger trains from the Spanish firm Talgo without seeking other bids. Since then, other companies have said they would have liked a chance to bid on the contract.

The administration has defended the deal, saying Talgo was the only company out of seven contacted to respond to a state request for information.

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