This session will be dominated by debate over granting civil rights protections to gays and lesbians.
The governor has declined because of a scheduling conflict, a spokesperson for the Syrian American Council confirmed.
A group of 27 governors wants the federal government to suspend the program until it completes an "exhaustive review of all security measures."
In a statement released this morning, the governor said he’s directing state agencies to suspend the resettlement of additional Syrian refugees.
Pence says the Democrats' proposal could bankrupt the state.
Legislators will only be in town for about 10 weeks for the 2016 legislative session.
The state’s unemployment insurance trust fund ran out of money when the recession hit, forcing Indiana to take out the loan.
The group of scientists says the governor's administration needs to take action on climate change.
Real Alternatives will partner with local service providers across the state to offer services such as free counseling and referral services.
The announcement comes as the GOP, Democrats and INDOT spar over the condition of the state's roads and bridges.