Missouri State Auditor Nicole Galloway issued the following statement on Senate Bill 43, which jeopardizes whistleblower protections for public employees and was signed into law by Gov. Eric Greitens today.
"At a time when President Trump is increasing protections for federal government whistleblowers, it is surprising that Gov. Greitens would sign into law a bill that does the exact opposite. Senate Bill 43 compromises long-standing whistleblower protections, increases the threat of retaliation and fosters an environment of intimidation for those who report wrongdoing. Missourians deserve better. Employees must be able to raise concerns without fear of losing their jobs. This measure will almost certainly create a chilling effect that will undermine the state's ability to uncover wasteful, improper or illegal uses of taxpayer dollars. In short, this legislation makes it easier for government to operate in the shadows."