2013 Indiana General Assembly

Soliday delays House vote on license plate plan

2013-01-30T18:45:00Z 2013-01-30T20:45:10Z Soliday delays House vote on license plate planDan Carden dan.carden@nwi.com, (317) 637-9078 nwitimes.com
January 30, 2013 6:45 pm  • 

INDIANAPOLIS | A second attempt by state Rep. Ed Soliday, R-Valparaiso, to impose order on the process for issuing special group license plates ran into a temporary roadblock Wednesday over the issue of gay pride.

Soliday said he delayed committee action on House Bill 1279 after another representative proposed amending the legislation to permanently prohibit any group that has had their license plate revoked from ever applying for a new plate.

Only the Indiana Youth Group, an Indianapolis-based gay rights group, and Indiana 4-H have lost their license plates in recent years.

The Bureau of Motor Vehicles claimed both groups violated administrative rules in 2012 and pulled their plates, just as conservative House members were amending Soliday's earlier license plate plan to bar the gay pride plate.

Soliday said the permanent ban amendment proposed Wednesday has no place in his new proposal, which establishes a legislative review process for group license plates before they're issued by the BMV.

"I couldn't live with that," Soliday said. "You know, even God forgives."

The House Roads and Transportation Committee likely will vote on Soliday's unamended legislation next week.

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