Government whistle-blower bill advances in House

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Whistleblowers would be open to financial
incentives for reporting incidents of state tax dollars being
misused under a measure that passed the House on Monday.

The measure cleared the floor on a vote of 91-0.

Democratic House Speaker Greg Stumbo of Prestonsburg sponsored the bill that now goes to the Senate for consideration. Stumbo said the bill dubbed the "False Claims Act" could root out fraud and potentially reduce the state's budget deficit by millions of
dollars.

Kentucky already has a whistle-blower law in place that applies
to Medicaid programs. Stumbo's proposal expands that to the rest of
state government.

Whistle-blowers would be eligible to receive anywhere from 15 to
30 percent of the money recovered as a reward for reporting
government fraud.
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The legislation is House Bill 401.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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