Indiana’s Bureau of Motor Vehicles is stripping an LGBT support group and two other organizations of their right to have specialty license plates, alleging they traded low-digit plates for contributions.
The state says the Indiana Youth Group, the Greenways Foundation, and the Indiana 4-H Foundation will not be allowed to take part in the program. The BMV says it began investigating the IYG at the written request of 20 state senators.
A House committee had voted during the just ended legislative session to pull the specialty plates from the IYG and nearly three dozen other organizations that sold fewer than 1,000 plates in 2011. Instead, lawmakers decided to form a study committee.
IYG executive director Mary Byrne says she believes her group was targeted by the BMV.