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Friday, June 19, 2015

Ind. Courts - How will yesterday's Texas speciality plates ruling impact the Indiana "OINK" lawsuit?

Maureen Groppe of the IndyStar explores that question today in this story. The lengthy story begins:

WASHINGTON — A U.S. Supreme Court decision confirming a state's right to decide which groups can be honored with specialty license plates means Indiana can continue to promote Purdue University, the National Rifle Association, the Indianapolis Colts and dozens of other organizations.

But it remains to be seen how Thursday's ruling might affect a pending challenging to Indiana's personalized plate program.

That program, which deals with the words and letters printed on a plate, instead of the plate itself, has been on hold after a Greenfield resident was blocked by the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles from using the words "OINK," a lighthearted reference to his work as a police officer.

A class-action lawsuit was brought by the American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana against the BMV over the issue in 2013.

The Indiana Supreme Court will consider in August the state's appeal of a lower court's ruling that the BMV's standards for evaluating requests for personalized license plates violated the First Amendment.

The ILB has had many posts on speciality plates over the years. Here are some of them.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on June 19, 2015 09:20 AM
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