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Changes To Indiana Specialty License Plates

Last updated on Wednesday, July 31, 2013

(INDIANAPOLIS) - State lawmakers and BMV Commissioner R. Scott Waddell discussed changes to Indiana’s Specialty License Plate program Tuesday.

Dustin Grove, of WISH TV reports, this month, a new law took effect requiring non-profits sell at least 500 specialty plates a year or face probation.

The law also creates a bi-partisan committee to review applications for new specialty plates which are capped at 150 a year, and then make a recommendation to the BMV.

A new application will be available Thursday for 2015 plates.

Lawmakers said the changes and new application are in place to keep a handle on the number of specialty plates, make sure the money is spent appropriately, and that each group is treated the same.

"(The goal is) making sure that whatever we do, we treat each and every group fairly that meets our criteria - you're meeting it or you're not," said Senator Tom Wyss of Fort Wayne.

Wyss said more changes could be made in the future.

The changes come after a 14-month legal battle over a specialty plate for the Indiana Youth Group.

Its plate was suspended, but eventually reinstated earlier this Summer after a judge ruled the state shouldn't have suspended them.

BMV Commissioner R. Scott Waddell said Indiana non profit groups made almost $4 million last year from the plates.

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