Florida Legislature Awards Harris Corp. $7 Millon For Law Enforcement Radios
By FloridaPolitics.com // March 12, 2016
FloridaPolitics.com – Florida lawmakers went back and forth on funding for new police radios in their $82.3 billion budget, eventually deciding to fork over $7 million for the new equipment to current supplier Harris Corp.
The Palm Bay-based communications company couldn’t be more pleased that lawmakers ended up “putting the safety of first responders and Floridians first,” according to an email it blasted out after the legislature passed the budget Friday night.
The House had included funding for the radios in its budget proposal, eventually nixing in order to step in line with the Senate budget, which contended the Brevard County-based company simply wanted to offload radios that law enforcement didn’t need.
The line item ended up coming back to life with the help of House Speaker Steve Crisafulli of Merritt Island, who represents Brevard County.