Group Pushing Hispanic License Plate Sues Florida for Refusing to Approve Tag

News-Journal (Daytona Beach), September 4, 2008

A group trying to get a Hispanic specialty license plate filed a federal lawsuit today against Florida, claiming that an unconstitutional and discriminatory state rule is blocking it from getting the tag.

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The lawsuit claims that the sampling method required by the state would doom the proposed Hispanic specialty plate. That’s because the state requires a statewide random survey instead of allowing Hispanic Achievers to focus on Hispanic residents.

The lawsuit asks that the state be barred from requiring Hispanic Achievers [the plaintiff] to follow the existing rule and allow the group to use “a new non-discriminatory survey.” It also asks the court to require the state to extend an Oct. 1 deadline for submission of the survey.

But the state Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles countered in a letter to Sudbury on Sept. 4 that its rule is “neutral and nondiscriminatory.”

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