House passes bill to shield whistleblowers


House Bill 4067 extends protection to nonprofit employees and board members.

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The bill says whistleblowers can take their concerns to a state agency, law enforcement, a lawmaker, a manager or an attorney, and it gives them protection if the matter heads to court. The protection wouldn’t apply if the employee took the information directly to the media.

‘The whistleblower mechanisms have enabled many of our finest historical moments as a transparent democracy,’ said Aaron Knott, legislative director for the Oregon Department of Justice. ‘Whistleblowers are incredibly important and have been for a long time.’

(READ MORE: Bend Bulletin)

The high-profile Michael Rodgers-Governor John Kitzhaber case was used as an example, according to the Bend Bulletin.


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