BMV Bill Heard in Committee

Some Indiana lawmakers appear ready to steer the management of the B.M.V in a new direction.

A bill passed in a House committee today would place the responsibility for running the Bureau of Motor Vehicles, in the hands of Indiana’s Secretary of State.

“It would improve accountability for what is really the front door to state government,” according to the author of the bill, Rep. Scott Pelath of Michigan City.
“Almost all Hoosiers have interaction at some point with the BMV it needs to be run efficiently and courteously and it also needs to be run with accountability.”

The B.M.V. offended many lawmakers in 2005 when an announcement that it was closing 12 license branches was made, the day after Indiana Lawmakers ended their legislative session.

Right now the B.M.V. is run by a bi-partisan commission--made up of members appointed by the Governor.

The plan passed in committee by a vote of 7-to-5. It moves on to the full house floor next week, for further debate.

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