INDIANAPOLIS – On Tuesday, the Legislative Council released its assignments for study topics during the 2019 interim. State Senator David Niezgodski (D-South Bend) was able to get two of his important topics assigned to be studied: worker misclassification and adoption subsidies. Sen. Niezgodski had the following comments on his study topic assignments:

“I am very happy to see these two topics get the attention they deserve. Both affect Hoosiers from all walks of life, and I will be working this summer to make sure they are heard in their assigned committees. With the opportunity to study issues surrounding worker misclassification, valuable insight in terms of lost state revenue may be determined. Some studies have shown unrealized gains could exceed $400 million annually for the State of Indiana. If these studies prove to be true, plain common sense should dictate that we, as legislators, act upon this information.

“Studying adoption subsidies is key to making sure adoptive families are getting the support they need to take care of the children they love. My hope is that we can change the way the Department of Child Services assesses foster children so their adoptive families can be awarded fair subsidies in the future.

“I am very grateful that the Legislative Council has deemed these issues worthy of study. Hoosiers have been well served today.”

The topic of worker misclassification was assigned to the Interim Study Committee on Employment and Labor. Adoption subsidies will be studied by the Interim Study Committee on Public Health, Behavioral Health and Human Services.