Lawmakers meet to overhaul specialty license plates

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With a series of controversies following the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles recently, lawmakers will start the process Tuesday of overhauling the specialty license plate standards used by the state.

Sen. Tom Wyss (R-District 15), who chairs the interim study committee called the Special Group Recognition License Plate Committee, told Fox 59 News that lawmakers will first gather all the facts before making any recommendations.

The BMV is scheduled to make a presentation to the committee when it meets for the first of potentially two times Tuesday at 10 a.m. in the Statehouse.

One of the controversies centers around which groups should receive specialty plates.

The Indiana Youth Group, an organization that helps counsel and support homosexual youth in the Hoosier State, lost and then regained the right to be granted a plate in what became a lengthy legal battle.

Wyss said the committee will look to evaluate and make changes to the standards, so that the BMV has a better sense of how it should be making these decisions.

“If a group meets the criteria that we establish and they are a legitimate group, they should be able to have a plate,” Sen. Wyss said.  “But they’re also going to have to meet the standards of quantities and so forth of what we’re going to do.”


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