Friday, February 24, 2012

Specialty Plates Targeted By General Assembly

Indiana lawmakers are considering doing away with several specialty license plates.

Some Indiana General Assembly members apparently feel like there are too many plates.  A bill making its way though the General Assembly would do away with any plate that sells less than 1,000 plates.  That would exempt plates that represent educational institutions.

In 2012, a plate was approved for the Indiana Youth Group, an organization that provides services for Indiana's gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and questioning community.  There's no question in my mind that the IYG has saved lives by helping young people who are struggling with their sexuality to understand that there's a life out there no matter if you are a little different.

Of course, once the plate was approved, right-wing groups like Advance America objected saying that IYG was little more than an organization that recruited young people to become gay.  It's a laughable idea, and it's completely off base and untrue.

Guess what?  The plates approved in 2012 would be wiped out by the bill before they even get a chance to sell 1,000 plates.  That would include...wait for it...the IYG plate.

To be fair, other plates would also be discontinued.  It would cut a large stream of fundraising for the non-profit groups out of their budgets.

Maybe I'm just a conspiracy theorist on this one, but I think this was a pretty clear strike right at the IYG plate. The Indianapolis Star pushed the issue a bit, but I would like to see the IYG get a chance to promote and market its plate to consumers.  If it doesn't make the grade, pull it then.  Don't pull the plug over politics.


marksmall2001 said...

I think the specialty plates---whatever they are called---defeat the purpose of license plates. It is difficult to tell what state a vehicle is from or to read the license plate number with some of the designs they have. (And the in you-know-who-we-trust thing should not be on there either--it's a license plate, not a political statement.) I agree w/you on the specifics of this issue, but would just as soon see the plates all the same and bland. They're on the vehicles for identitification, not aesthetic improvement.

Anonymous said...

IYG just signed a 5 year contract with the BMV. Can an act of the legislature invalidate this contract? As long as we are going to have speciality plates, I am thrilled that IYG has one BUT I agree that it is confusing and we need one standard plate for the state.