State employees encouraged to act as ‘whistleblowers’

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New criteria would be added to the state’s “whistleblower” law laying out the expectation that classified state employees would be expected to share information and provide assistance to legislative decision makers in a manner consistent with their duties without fear of retaliation.

Passed by the House 79-52 on Tuesday, HF542 states that these employees should communicate information to members of the Legislature, the legislative auditor or a constitutional officer about state services, including its finances that they believe to be truthful and accurate.

Sponsored by Rep. Diane Loeffler (DFL-Mpls), the bill now moves to the Senate where Sen. Barb Goodwin (DFL-Columbia Heights) is the sponsor.