Ark. lawmakers approve whistleblower reward bill

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - The Arkansas Legislature has approved a bill allowing state employees to receive a cash award if they expose waste and inefficiencies that lead to savings for the state.

The Senate on Wednesday unanimously passed the bill and sent it to Gov. Mike Beebe. The proposal would change the state's whistleblower law to include a reward for reporting fraud and abuse in government. A state employee whose report leads to savings for the state would be entitled to 10% of those savings. The Legislature would have to sign off on awards larger than $12,500.

The House passed the bill two weeks ago by a 65-20 vote. Opponents questioned whether the bill is necessary.

A spokesman for Beebe said Wednesday that he isn't sure if the governor will sign the bill.

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