Indiana lawmakers may join '0INK' vanity plate row

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.--- The Indiana Bureau of Motor of Vehicles wants the state Supreme Court to step into a vanity plates dispute that started when the agency revoked a police officer's plate reading "0INK."

The BMV asked the court Monday to overrule a local judge who found parts of the vanity plate program, and the law allowing it, unconstitutional.

The judge had found the BMV violated some applicants' free speech rights by turning down some requests while allowing others. The agency says a state statue allows it to refuse to issue plates deemed offensive or misleading.

BMV Commissioner Donald M. Snemis says the debate would wind up in the Legislature if the court strikes down the vanity plates law. Lawmakers might then have to decide if the whole program is worth the trouble.

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