Ailing Sen. Mike Carrell’s bill to give whistle blowers more protections passed in the state House on a resounding 96-1 vote Monday evening. The measure, Engrossed Substitute Senate Bill 5577, was amended so it must go back to the Senate for concurrence.
The original bill had passed unanimously in the Senate in early March. It let whistle blowers provide information to state ethics investigators without fear of being identified publicly. It also had provisions to punish any supervisor who retaliates with at least a reprimand and potentially a 30-day suspension and civil fines …