Earlier this week, lawmakers gathered at the Statehouse for the start of the 2019 legislative session.

This year, we will craft another balanced budget for our state and continue to prioritize improving Indiana’s education and workforce systems.

To stay up to date on what is happening at the Statehouse during session, visit iga.in.gov to view session meetings, committee hearings, calendars, proposed legislation, vote tallies and more.

You can also keep in touch and follow along on what is happening at the Statehouse by connecting with our social media accounts.

By law, the legislative session must conclude by April 29.


343 Foster Kids in Forever Homes

During the month of November, 343 Hoosier kids were adopted with the help of dozens of successful National Adoption Month events held across the state, according to the Indiana Department of Child Services. The adoptions that took place in November are an increase of more than 23 percent from last year's same annual celebration.

Additionally, on National Adoption Day, celebrated on Nov. 17, the Indiana Supreme Court opened their courtroom doors to allow the public to witness and celebrate adoptions being finalized.

I am extremely grateful to Hoosiers who opened their hearts and homes to these children.

For more information on adoption opportunities in Indiana, click here.

Century and Half Century Business Awards

The Indiana Economic Development Corporation is now accepting applications for the Governor’s Century and Half Century Business Awards.

The deadline to submit an application is Thursday, Feb. 21.


Unemployment Rate Remains Low

Indiana’s unemployment rate was 3.6 percent in November.

At this rate, we continue to outrank our neighboring states, with Michigan at 3.9 percent, Illinois at 4.2 percent, Ohio at 4.6 percent, and Kentucky at 4.5 percent.

Sen. Phil Boots represents Indiana District 23 which includes Montgomery, Boone, Fountain, Parke, Warren and Vermillion counties. In addition, Sen. Boots is one of the owners of Sagamore News Media and The Paper of Montgomery County. You can reach him at senator.boots@iga.in.gov