Environment & Energy Report

Whistleblower Protections in Michigan Aim to Prevent Next Flint

Feb. 1, 2018, 9:00 PM

Michigan lawmakers want to avoid another Flint water crisis through bipartisan legislation that would offer whistleblowers new protections.

However, the package only earned tepid support from Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof (R) and Gov. Rick Snyder (R) has publicly supported members of his administration facing criminal charges in connection with management of the Flint situation.

The core of the seven-bill package, introduced Jan. 30, is the creation of a state ombudsman (S.B. 788) to whom whistleblowers can report suspected violations of law by other state employees. The ombudsman could then investigate and propose penalties, up...

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