If you live in
Indiana, you may have been contributing money to both the Republican and
Democratic parties – and never even known it.
Under a longtime law in the state, a portion of
every fee paid for a personalized license plate on a car has been sent to the
two parties. The Chicago Sun Times reported
that the contributions amounted to $30 out of every $48 paid for a personalized
plate. The funding, the newspaper said, is “a vestige of a
time decades ago when the parties ran the BMV (Bureau of Motor Vehicles).”
documents show that the division of money was based on a formula involving what
percentage of voters cast their ballots for a particular political party or its
gubernatorial candidate in the previous elections.
Now, a bill
that would send that money back to the Bureau of Motor Vehicles has passed both
houses of the state’s Legislature.
The Sun Times said that bill, SB467,
would shift roughly $1 million a year back to the bureau.
An official in
the state’s legislative research office said that after legislative leaders
sign off on the final version of the bill, it would head to the desk of Gov.
Mitch Daniels for his signature.