Walz backs scrapping MNLARS, starting over with new software

Thursday, May 09, 2019

Gov. Tim Walz Wednesday embraced a new report that recommends pulling the plug on the troubled Minnesota Licensing and Registration System. A blue-ribbon panel formed by the governor said that the system known as MNLARS should be switched over to a private vendor and off-the-shelf software at a cost of at least $20 million.

When lawmakers passed a stop-gap funding measure earlier this year to keep MNLARS repairs on track, they also required that independent experts review the system and report by May 1.

"Our recommendation is to move to a packaged software solution," said Thomson Reuters vice president Rick King, who chaired the panel that looked at whether the state has resources needed to correct remaining problems and whether the system should be outsourced to the private sector.

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