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Friday, June 28, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - Still more on: Indiana Youth Group files in federal court in response to BMV Commissioner's action [Updated]

Updating this ILB post from June 19th, where it was remarked that "The BMV is acting as both prosecutor and judge," Niki Kelly of the FWJG has just tweeted:

BMV reinstates Indiana Youth Group license plate after review.

Federal lawsuit will be dismissed as a result of BMV action. All this is according to BMV Commissioner R. Scott Waddell.

I expect details will follow.

[Updated at 5:00 PM]
The ACLU has issued a news release. Some quotes:
Indianapolis - Today the American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana prevailed on its case to reinstate a specialty license plate for a nonprofit group that provides counseling and guidance to gay and lesbian youth.

The ACLU of Indiana received an email from Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles Commissioner R. Scott Waddell saying he had directed the agency to reinstate IYG's participation in the Specialty Group Recognition program "effective immediately." The email follows a June 26 ruling by the Administrative Law Judge ordering the plate be reinstated and finding that the BMV's requests for "clarification" in a June 14 Order of Remand were "improper."

"We are happy the plates have been returned," said ACLU of Indiana Executive Director Jane Henegar. "IYG does admirable work providing guidance to young people. The ACLU of Indiana hopes this is the end of a series of misguided and hurtful actions by the State."

Posted by Marcia Oddi on June 28, 2013 03:27 PM
Posted to Indiana Government