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Judge asked to reconsider vanity plate ruling

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The Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles is asking a judge to reconsider an order that it resume the state's personalized license plate program.

The agency said Monday it filed the request with a Marion County court a month after the judge ruled a police officer had the right to buy a license plate reading "0INK."

The judge said the BMV had no formal regulations in place for evaluating the content of vanity plates and ordered it to create standards that meet constitutional requirements within six months.

BMV Commissioner Don Snemis said the judge's order would force the agency to issue personalized plates with offensive references to race, religion or sexual orientation.

The lawsuit by Greenfield police Officer Rodney Vawter maintained the BMV's policy violated his freedom of speech rights

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  • Absurd waste of judiciary
    I can't be sure but I'm willing to guess that some of those who are responsible for this ban on personalized plates are the same folks who watch TV shows with vulgarities which would never have been allowed to be aired even 4 years ago. A cop who chose 0INK for a plate shows a great sense of humor for spoofing a harmless and absurd acronym for a cop while we can have a racially divisive Black Expo plate with no problem? Something is really wrong in the State Office Building.

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