If the public demands that state government be more accountable and quit wasting so much time and money, then public employees who risk their careers to step forward and blow the whistle on wasted tax dollars should be protected.

The Legislature passed HB14, which expands the protection for "whistle blowers." The new law protects public employees who report "suspected" misuse or abuse of public funds or resources. Under the old law, employees are protected only if it is proven than an actual abuse occurred.In the past, those who have spoken out have been subjected to harassment, demotions and other forms of recrimination.