County tax collectors and two other license plate groups filed formal protests Monday accusing Florida's Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles of overstepping its authority with plans to outsource parts of its license plate operation.
The groups also accuse the department of excluding small businesses and discouraging competition as it moves forward with plans for a new license plate design produced by private businesses and distributed through online orders.
In Florida, prisoners manufacture the tags and tax collectors distribute them.
The two other groups that have filed protests are Avery Dennison, a labeling and packaging company, and PRIDE, a St. Petersburg-based prison-industries company that uses inmate labor to make tags. The proposed change could drive the nonprofit out of business.
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