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2019 Senate Bill 686: Create state employee whistleblower protection law
Introduced by Sen. Tom Barrett R-Potterville on December 10, 2019
To establish a state employee whistleblower protection law that prohibits a state department or agency from retaliating against a person for communicating with a legislator on the way the department or agency is performing its duties.   Official Text and Analysis.
Referred to the Senate Oversight Committee on December 10, 2019
Reported in the Senate on January 22, 2020
With the recommendation that the bill pass.
Substitute offered by Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. D-East Lansing on February 26, 2020
To replace the previous version of the bill with one that revises details but does not change the substance as previously described.
The substitute passed by voice vote in the Senate on February 26, 2020
Received in the House on February 26, 2020
Referred to the House Oversight Committee on February 26, 2020
Reported in the House on May 20, 2020
Refer to the Committee on Ways and Means.
Referred to the House Ways and Means Committee on May 20, 2020
Reported in the House on June 3, 2020
Without amendment and with the recommendation that the bill pass.
Vetoed by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on July 8, 2020
Received in the Senate on July 23, 2020
To override Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's veto of this bill, which would have prohibited state agencies from retaliating against employees for telling a legislator about problems at the agency. An override requires a two-thirds supermajority vote and so the bill will not become law.