Monday, September 12, 2005

Gary, Indiana wins reprieve on BMV closure

Satisfying a couple hundred Gary residents protesting at the Statehouse, Gov. Mitch Daniels' administration reversed a decision by Bureau of Motor Vehicles Commissioner Joel Silverman today and agreed to continue discussing ways to keep open a full-service license branch in Gary.

Silverman had earlier said the branch would close on Saturday, although the state planned to open a mini-branch, with one employee handling drivers' license and state ID card requests at a local mental health center.


Anonymous lawgeekgurl said...

Gee, if I were a more cynical person, I'd say that Mitch Daniels (who by the way I have read was on the task force which created the Dept. of Homeland Security out of whole cloth; Andy Card was the one who postulated moving the Guard and FEMA under its umbrella) was kind of sensitive to the argument that Indiana's government doesn't want to be seen as callous or unfair to a minority population at this particular time. If I were more cynical.

September 12, 2005  
Blogger torporific said...

I think that's exactly what it was. I was in the statehouse today and there was a huge raucous rally by Gary citizens in the rotunda. The decision was reversed within an hour or two of the rally.

September 12, 2005  
Blogger Jezebella said...

The two men in the front of the rally were Reps. Brown and Smith of Gary, each of whom managed to stir up the crowd while miraculously avoiding having their picture taken in affiliation with the protest.

September 13, 2005  
Anonymous lawgeekgurl said...

Charlie's good at that. To this day I don't think anyone knows exactly who he "consults" for, except that he's a consultant in his day job.

September 13, 2005  

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