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Monday, October 20, 2014

Ind. Gov't. - "The problems at the BMV stretch back at least to 2004, when the state moved to a new system for crafting and administering fees"

That is a take-away from this AP story this weekend by Tom LoBianco. More from the story:

Lawyers for the embattled Bureau of Motor Vehicles are speaking out this week in the ongoing legal battles over overcharges by the state agency.

Attorneys from Indianapolis firm Bingham Greenebaum Doll, retained by the state in February, say BMV officials are doing everything they can to identify – and fix – problems with drivers' fees.

But Wayne Turner and Carl Hayes, the pair working on the BMV suit, said Tuesday in an interview that their efforts are being stifled by plaintiffs trying to lock them up in court battles.

The BMV has been embroiled in problems since it was uncovered last year that the agency had overcharged for driver's licenses. Since then, other agencywide fee-​related problems have been discovered.

Gov. Mike Pence ordered an outside audit of the agency this month after state workers discovered $29 million in over­charges on excise taxes.

Irwin Levin, who is leading the latest BMV lawsuit against the state, has argued that the overcharges are part of a systemic problem inside an agency that was seeking to make ends meet during budget struggles. In court filings, Levin has also argued the state is dragging its feet in providing critical information.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on October 20, 2014 10:16 AM
Posted to Indiana Government