It is an honor and a privilege to represent House District 58. Our district contains rural, urban and small town environments just minutes away from Indianapolis, which makes it very unique. It is my goal to work with constituents to maintain our great schools, affordable housing and positive employment opportunities in House District 58. My website has been designed to give you information on our district, to assist you in navigating state government and to inform you of the issues I am working on. Please feel free to contact me with any issues, concerns or comments.
House District 58
Representative Woody Burton
Indiana House of Representatives: 1988- Present
House District 58: Greenwood, New Whiteland, Whiteland and Clark Township
Address: 69 Meadow Lane, Whiteland, IN 46184
Occupation: Real Estate Broker, Carpenter Realtors
State Representative Woody Burton has been a key player in promoting positive change for Indiana since joining the state legislature in 1988.
One of Burton’s legislative priorities has been to permanently repeal property taxes in Indiana. During the 2007 session, he was instrumental in passing legislation that capped property taxes. In 2010, he supported legislation to allow a constitutional amendment to permanently cap property taxes on the November 2010 ballot.
In addition to property tax relief, Burton has been diligent in working to improve the mortgage industry through improving foreclosure prevention programs, increasing land bank opportunities and instituting tax incentives for businesses to renovate empty buildings.
Burton was also the driving force behind the “In God We Trust” state license plate and is proud that Hoosiers have the option to acquire this plate at no extra charge. More than two million Hoosiers have already purchased this plate.
During the 2013 legislative session, Burton authored legislation that removed the requirement that the person whose name appears on the vehicle registration must sign it. Burton received multiple phone calls from people who had been given a hefty ticket for failing to sign their vehicle registration; an infraction which they were unaware even existed. As the result of this law, individuals who fail to sign their vehicle registration will no longer be subject to a Class C infraction.
Burton also co-authored legislation that focused on bullying in schools. After hearing numerous cases of students taking their own lives as a result of bullying, Burton felt compelled to act. This law required the Indiana Department of Education to develop guidelines to assist school corporations in establishing bullying prevention programs, reporting procedures and disciplinary rules.
In 2015, Burton authored legislation that required teachers-in-training to be instructed on how to recognize dyslexia in students at earlier ages. Dyslexia is a reading disorder that affects how students see words. Students with dyslexia have the same potential as any other student; they just learn differently. House Enrolled Act (HEA) 1108 was a necessary step to ensure Hoosier students receive a quality education.
With legislation in 2015, Burton cleared up confusion, established procedures and created guidelines for Homeowner Associations and their members. HEA 1286 required sellers of property that is subject to a Homeowner Association to disclose certain information to the purchaser. In 2016, he authored a bill that built upon previous legislation to empower Homeowner Associations to better serve their members by eliminating unnecessary red tape.
Burton authored legislation in 2016 which prohibited the tax or collection of PILOT (payment in lieu of taxes) fees from churches and church schools.
Over the years, Burton has received the following awards:
Burton and his wife, Volly, have been married for over 34 years. They work together in the real estate brokerage business. The couple has three children and six grandchildren. The legislative branch of government is a family affair for the Burtons. His brother, Dan Burton, served as the U.S. Representative for Indiana's 5th Congressional District for 30 years.
House District 58 consists of the northeast corner of Johnson County in central Indiana.
State Rep. Woody Burton (R-Whiteland) (center) with Franklin Mayor Joe McGuinness (left) and Greenwood Mayor Mark Meyers (right) accept INDOT’s Community Crossings grants on Thursday, Sept. 1, at the Franklin City Community Center. As a part of the grant program, the city of Franklin received $1 million and the city of Greenwood received $957,996 for road and bridge projects. This year, Burton supported legislation establishing the state’s Community Crossings matching grant fund, which will provide about $160 million to Indiana cities, towns and counties on a 50/50 matching basis.
To learn more about Community Crossings, click here.
STATEHOUSE (Aug. 24, 2016) — Johnson County and eight local communities received more than $3.9 million in state matching grants this week to improve roads and bridges, according to State Rep. Woody Burton (R-Whiteland).
STATEHOUSE (June 14, 2016)— “I was saddened to learn of the senseless act of violence that took place over the weekend in Florida. My thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families during this time of mourning and healing,” Burton said.
Over the past several months, gender identity and the use of school bathrooms and locker rooms has been a hot topic across the country. As these conversations have been happening, I have heard many people voice their opinions on this subject—particularly within House District 58. It is important that we listen to all sides of the discussion as we move forward.
STATEHOUSE (April 8, 2016) – State Rep. Woody Burton (R-Whiteland) sheds light on child abuse in Indiana during Child Abuse Prevention Month.
STATEHOUSE (March 18, 2016) — State Rep. Woody Burton (R-Whiteland) recently welcomed the following student pages to the Statehouse:
Last week, the Indiana General Assembly adjourned Sine Die. This means we have completed all of our business for the session. It was a quick session with many issues addressed. I am always impressed with all the work we are able to accomplish in just 10 weeks. This year, we were able to find solutions to issues surrounding the 2015 ISTEP scores, address the future of ISTEP, create a plan that meets Indiana’s immediate road funding needs and take serious steps to curb illegal drug use in our state.
STATEHOUSE (March 4, 2016) – This week, the House of Representatives took final action on four bills authored by State Rep. Woody Burton (R-Whiteland), which are now eligible for consideration by the governor.
STATEHOUSE (Feb. 29, 2016) — State Rep. Woody Burton (R-Whiteland) recently welcomed the following student pages to the Statehouse:
STATEHOUSE (Feb. 9, 2016) – State Rep. Woody Burton (R-Whiteland) presented a resolution on the House floor today to raise awareness for dyslexia by recognizing the Scottish Rite Cathedral, which conducts the free-of-charge Children’s Dyslexia Center of Indianapolis and Decoding Dyslexia.
STATEHOUSE (Feb. 8, 2016) — State Rep. Woody Burton (R-Whiteland) recently welcomed the following student pages to the Statehouse:
INDIANAPOLIS (Feb. 1, 2016) – The Indiana House of Representatives passed legislation with a vote of 92-0, that would provide more transparency for residents of homeowners associations.
This past week I held several town hall meetings where we had great discussions on legislation and topics likely to come before the House of Representatives this session. When hosting these meetings, I strive to have open and honest discussions to make you aware of the issues. Communication with my district is vital to my job as a state representative. During our discussions, education, roads and infrastructure funding and civil rights topics were all brought up. I listened thoughtfully to all opinions and concerns, and I will consider them carefully.
A pair of bills responding to the 2015 ISTEP problems were signed into law this week.
INDIANAPOLIS (Jan. 13, 2016)—State Rep. Woody Burton (R-Whiteland) will host a series of town hall meetings throughout January.
Duke Energy is warning Hoosiers to be on high alert after a recent bill payment scam in Indiana has resurfaced.
The scam is operating in the following way:
Indiana's jobs climate continues to attract the national spotlight.
In fact, Forbes just listed Indiana as the eighth best state in the nation for business. The magazine compared states' business costs, regulatory environment, economic climate, growth prospects and quality of life. Indiana was also ranked second for its regulatory environment and sixth for quality of life.
Recently, graduate students from Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis joined me at the Statehouse to learn more about my work as a state representative. I was grateful for the opportunity to discuss state issues with them, as I always encourage students to engage in the legislative process.
Recently, the Interim Study Committee on Pensions Management Oversight, on which I serve as vice chairperson, met to receive updates on the Indiana Public Retirement System (INPRS) and the Indiana State Police Pension Trust (SPPT). I was pleased to learn that both pension funds are funded adequately and continue to protect the assets of the families they represent across the state.
As you may know, the Indiana General Assembly operates as a citizen legislature, meaning we only meet at the Statehouse for a few months. The rest of the year is spent back home, in district. The most rewarding part of being a state representative is helping those in my community directly. Often times, a person contacts me or my office when they feel they have limited options or do not know where else to turn. I am always willing to help find a solution and make sure your needs are heard and addressed.
I am pleased to share that House Enrolled Act (HEA) 1108 was ceremonially signed into law yesterday by the governor. This legislation will provide aspiring educators the skills they need to recognize dyslexia and other reading disorders in their students. Once identified, teachers will be able to teach their students more effectively according to their needs.
STATEHOUSE — Legislation authored by State Representative Woody Burton (R-Whiteland) and sponsored by Senator Rodric Bray (R-Martinsville) to provide resources for teachers to identify students with dyslexia was ceremonially signed into law by the governor.
STATEHOUSE — House Enrolled Act (HEA) 1108, authored by State Rep. Woody Burton (R-Whiteland), was signed into law by Governor Mike Pence. HEA 1108 requires that aspiring teachers be instructed in how to recognize dyslexia and other reading disorders in their students. This will allow them to teach their students more effectively according to their needs.