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Photo gallery: Statehouse becomes Habitat for Humanity construction zone

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Fewer fees and less time spent at the BMV with new law

By Max Bomber TheStatehouseFile.com  GREENWOOD, Ind. — Gov. Mike Pence said drivers can expect a decrease in fees and less paper work at their local BMV within the next year. “I am incredibly proud of having the best front office Bureau of Motor Vehicles in the United States of America,” said Gov. Mike Pence before […]

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New attempt to push Democrats road plan unsuccessful

By Nicole Hernandez TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The Democrats’ attempt to amend the Republican House road plan failed to gain traction Monday. “There is area of common ground,” said Rep. Dan Forestal, D-Indianapolis. “We agree that the sales tax collected on gasoline should be used to fund our infrastructure, which is its continued purpose. And that […]

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Republicans avoid bump in the road-funding plan

By Shelby D. Salazar TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS ­­– House Republicans avoided a push Wednesday by Democrats to change the GOP’s plan to fund road improvements. House Bill 1001, authored by Rep. Ed Soliday, R-Valparaiso, would transfer Indiana’s excess reserves into funds relating to bridge and highway maintenance. This bill would also increase the gasoline tax and […]

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House GOP plan to fix roads creates concern about the tobacco tax

By Amanda Creech TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – More than 30 Hoosiers lined up to testify Wednesday about a bill that would provide funding to local roads through the state’s excess reserves, but also by increasing gas and cigarette taxes. “It’s a very important bill to our state and we want to be certain that we vet […]

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Changes in legislation could clarify fees at the BMV

By Alysia Funderburg TheStathouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – House committee members discussed a measure Wednesday that would streamline the Bureau of Motor Vehicle registration and credentials for motorists and reduce fee complexity – a factor that has conjured up recent controversy after both under and overcharging customers. “Every Hoosier in the state of Indiana has to deal […]

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BMV, smoking, student testing among topics for study committees

By Max Bomber TheStatehousefile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana legislators will spend part of the summer studying how to restore the public’s trust in the Bureau of Motor Vehicles, an agency that’s charged with mismanagement and overcharging customers. It’s one of 40 topics study committees will consider in advance of the 2016 legislative session. Changes to the […]

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BMV audit finds lack of centralized oversight caused fee errors, other problems

By Olivia Covington TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – An external audit of the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles blames a lack of “centralized authority or oversight” for recent problems that have forced the agency to refund millions of dollars to Hoosiers. In a 40-page report, the auditing group BKD listed eight key areas in which the BMV […]

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Video & story: Democrats call for investigation into BMV problems

Indiana BMV under fire once again from TheStatehouseFile.com on Vimeo. By Andi TenBarge TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Top Democrats are calling for an investigation into whether Bureau of Motor Vehicles officials knew they were overcharging customers in violation of state law and chose not to act. State Democratic Chairman John Zody demanded an investigation by the […]

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Prison inmates will no longer make license plates

By Hannah Troyer TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana prison inmates will no longer be a part of the license plate production process as of May 1. The Indiana Department of Motor Vehicles ended its contract with a company earlier this month that had worked with Prison Enterprises Network, which employed the state prison inmates. PEN is […]

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