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Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - Still more on "BMV seeks clarity on judge's ruling on Indiana Youth Group license plates"

Updating this ILB entry from earlier today (which includes a copy of Waddell's order), Tom LoBianco of the Associated Press now has an expanded version of his story. Some quotes:

BMV Commissioner Scott Waddell late Monday ordered Administrative Law Judge Melissa Reynolds to re-open the case and assess whether the Indiana Youth Group had been “selling” or “auctioning” low-number license plates. Reynolds ruled last month that the group had violated Indiana law and its state contract by receiving payments in exchange for low-numbered license plates, but found the actions didn’t constitute an auction or warrant the revocation of the plate. She also said the BMV failed to give 30 days’ notice before suspending the plates as required.

She recommended the group’s plates be reinstated, a move the youth group had hoped would occur by late this month.

Reynolds’ findings weren’t binding, however; the administrative law judge for the BMV reports to the commissioner.

Waddell noted in his order seeking the review that he is the “ultimate authority” by law. He said the plates will remain suspended until he makes a final determination.

“Until a final order is issued by me, as the ultimate authority for the BMV, (IYG’s) participation in the specialty group recognition program shall remain suspended,” Waddell wrote.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on June 18, 2013 09:33 PM
Posted to Indiana Government