Federal shutdown raises Indiana brush with closure

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The federal government's shutdown has prompted many states to tout their own ability to get things done and avoid the gridlock that's seized Washington.

But Indiana had its own brush with closure two decades ago when state lawmakers came nearly failed to approve a budget.

Fighting between former Democratic Gov. Evan Bayh and the Republican-led Senate in 1993 brought the state close to being without a budget needed to operate.

Then-Auditor Ann Devore called a press conference at the time to let lawmakers and the governor know that she might have to stop cutting checks for government operations soon. Bayh ordered a special session.

Partisan gridlock has struck the Statehouse since, but a shutdown's unlikely with Republicans in control of the governor's office and both chambers of the General Assembly.

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