After lawmakers stepped in, the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles issued an order Wednesday that will allow a prison-industries firm to continue making the state’s license plates.
PRIDE Enterprises, which has provided license plates for about 30 years, launched a challenge early this year to a bidding process for the contract. An administrative law judge in April sided with PRIDE, and lawmakers passed a budget bill early this month that largely resolved the issue. That bill (SB 1502) will allow PRIDE to continue contracting to make license plates, though it requires the company to re-bid a type of sheeting used on plates and return 70 percent of any savings to the state. The Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles filed the order in the state Division of Administrative Hearings, saying the case was “moot.”
Via the News Service of Florida.