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If Budget Is Not Passed BMV and DNR Will Cease Operations

Last updated on Tuesday, June 30, 2009

(UNDATED) - Lines at the BMV could go from long to nonexistent if state lawmakers fail to pass a state budget by the midnight deadline.

The Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles confirms all license branches would cease operations, making it impossible for Hoosier drivers to renew registrations and complete other transactions.

BMV spokesman Dennis Rosebrough says online services would also be unavailable.

He says the BMV is working with law enforcement to establish a potential grace period for expired licenses and registrations if a shutdown were to take place.

Services provided at car dealerships, Old National Bank and Triple A Branches would also be affected.

Environmental emission testing sites in Porter and Lake Counties would also close during a government shutdown.

Also, the Indiana Department of Natural Resources says it's prepared for a state government shutdown if lawmakers fail to pass a budget by the looming deadline.

The sudden halt would effectively end operations at state parks throughout the state.

DNR Spokesman Phil Bloom says that means registered campers could be out of luck.

But they would be able to request a refund by contacting their camping call center.

Bloom says concert cancellations would also take place, including the upcoming show at White River State Park featuring The Fray.

He says ticketholders would be given refunds if a shutdown were to take place.

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