Bill Summary for H 348 (2019-2020)

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May 6 2019

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View NCGA Bill Details2019-2020 Session
House Bill 348 (Public) Filed Wednesday, March 13, 2019
AN ACT PROVIDING THAT CITIES SHALL ADOPT RULES AND REGULATIONS ENCOURAGING THEIR EMPLOYEES TO REPORT IMPROPER OR UNLAWFUL ACTIVITY AND REQUIRING CITIES TO PROTECT EMPLOYEES WHO REPORT SUCH ACTIVITY FROM RETALIATION OR OTHER DISCRIMINATORY ACTION.
Intro. by Grange, Conrad, Hanig, Richardson.

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House committee substitute to the 2nd edition deletes the provisions of the previous edition and now provides the following.

Amends GS 160A-164 to require city councils that do not have binding personnel procedures protecting employees from retaliation to adopt rules and regulations or ordinances that encourage city employees to report to their appropriate authority evidence of (1) violations of federal, state, or local laws, rules, or regulations; (2) fraud; (3) misappropriation of state or city resources; (4) any activity that poses a substantial or specific danger to public health and safety; and (5) gross mismanagement; including gross waste of public monies and gross abuse of authority. Requires such city councils to prohibit, by ordinance, retaliation against an employee who reports such violations, as specified. Directs city councils to publish notice for purposes of informing their employees of their rights and responsibilities under the statute. Makes conforming changes to the act's titles.

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