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BMV Needs Clarification On Specialty Plate

Last updated on Wednesday, June 19, 2013

(UNDATED) - The Bureau of Motor Vehicles says it wants clarification on some points of the ruling that reinstated the specialty plates for the Indiana Youth Group, and that could mean a delay in the return of those plates.

A BMV administrative judge ruled on May 31 that the bureau improperly suspended the plates, saying the group that provides support to gay and lesbian young people had not sold or auctioned some low-numbered plates, as the BMV had alleged. The ruling gave the BMV 18 days to ask the judge to reconsider and 30 days to reinstate the specialty plates for sale.

BMV spokesman Josh Gillespie says Commissioner Scott Waddell has not asked for an appeal of the order. Instead, he wants the judge to clarify some of the legal terms used in the ruling, including the definition the judge used for the words 'sell' and 'auction', which caused the judge to rule that IYG was engaged in neither activity.

Gillespie says it is important for the BMV to have that clarity since two other specialty plate cases - involving 4-H Foundation and the Greenways Foundation.

Gillespie says it is his understanding that this will reset the clock on the case, meaning the 30 day window will start when the judge issues the clarified ruling.

Waddell has said, however, that he has the final say over the plates, regardless of the administrative judge's stance. Waddell suspended the IYG plate's sale last year after getting complaints from 20 Republican state senators.

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