Article 14.

Protection for Reporting Improper Government Activities.

126-84.  Statement of policy.

(a)        It is the policy of this State that State employees shall be encouraged to report verbally or in writing to their supervisor, department head, or other appropriate authority, evidence of activity by a State agency or State employee constituting:

(1)        A violation of State or federal law, rule or regulation;

(2)        Fraud;

(3)        Misappropriation of State resources;

(4)        Substantial and specific danger to the public health and safety; or

(5)        Gross mismanagement, a gross waste of monies, or gross abuse of authority.

(b)        Further, it is the policy of this State that State employees be free of intimidation or harassment when reporting to public bodies about matters of public concern, including offering testimony to or testifying before appropriate legislative panels. (1989, c. 236, s. 1; 1997-520, s. 5.)