Some Specialty License Plates Could Go Away
(Indianapolis, Ind.) – A few dozen specialty license plates in Indiana could be going away due to what appears to be a turf war between the Bureau of Motor Vehicles and state lawmakers.
The BMV approved a plate last year for the Indiana Youth Group, an organization promoting awareness of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender causes.
The controversial plate prompted some conservatives to start lobbying to get rid of it.
State lawmakers have responded with an amendment on Senate Bill 327 that would get rid of all ten specialty plates approved for the first time in 2011, including those for the Indianapolis Zoo, the National Rifle Association and the Tony Stewart Foundation.
The amended bill passed the House Roads and Transportation Committee on Wednesday. It will be considered by the full House as soon as this week.
A representative of the Indiana Youth Group testified Wednesday that the organization has a five year contract with the BMV for the special plate.
The amended bill also states any plate that didn’t sell at least 1,000 times in the previous year would also be eliminated, and any new plates would need legislative approval. Even specialty plates which sell over 1,000 annually would have to reapply every six years.