Hannibal Courier Post: Missouri Auditor promotes Whistleblower Hotline

Anonymous hotline shields state employees stripped of protections by new law

Missouri State Auditor Nicole Galloway wants state employees to know they can use the Whistleblower Hotline to share information on waste, fraud and mismanagement of taxpayer dollars. The Governor’s signing of Senate Bill 43 means state law no longer protects public employees from being fired for identifying wrongdoing in the workplace, however, reports to the Auditor’s Whistleblower Hotline are anonymous and protected by law.

“Whistleblowers must be able to raise concerns about government mismanagement without fear of losing their jobs,” Galloway said. “As the state’s only independent watchdog, I want to make sure we are able to shine a light on misuse of taxpayer dollars. Missourians deserve better.”

Auditor Galloway shared her proposed solution – a legislative fix for lawmakers’ consideration in the upcoming legislative session. The State Auditor’s Public Employee Whistleblower Act would restore protections and add safeguards to ensure public employees can report inappropriate activity in the workplace without fear of retaliation or intimidation.

 

Senator Jill Schupp and House Minority Leader Gail McCann Beatty are planning to file the bill for the upcoming legislative session.

Senate Bill 43 removes long-standing whistleblower protections for public employees. It was signed by Gov. Eric Greitens and took effect Aug. 28.

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