Attorney General Curtis Hill stalls BMV gender change rule

Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — The Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles says the state’s attorney general has stalled a measure that would allow people to change their gender on driver’s licenses and IDs.

Bureau spokeswoman Susan Guyer tells The Journal Gazette that Attorney General Curtis Hill declined to sign off on the rule because the public wasn’t sufficiently informed of the plan.

The bureau proposed the rule that would require a birth certificate or a special state Department of Health form to change gender on licenses and IDs. It was slated to become effective in October.

Hill’s decision last week jeopardizes the department’s plan to allow gender change on a birth certificate with a physician’s statement.

The move isn’t a formal rejection, but it puts the rule on hold while changes are considered.

The Office of the Indiana Attorney General release the following statement regarding the matter:

The Office of the Attorney General offers agencies the opportunity to voluntarily recall proposed rules when significant procedural or legal problems arise. Indiana’s process for promulgating rules requires adequate notice to the public as a first step. This requirement upholds the basic principle of open government, providing citizens time and opportunity to participate in policymaking. The proposed rule in question was recalled by the BMV last Friday and may be resubmitted by the agency if it so chooses.

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