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Vt. lawmakers told whistle-blowers fear payback

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MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - Vermont lawmakers are grappling with how to extend better protections to state employees who blow the whistle on waste, fraud and other abuses in government.

Talks in the House Government Operations Committee follow a survey by the Vermont State Employees' Association last year that found fear among union members about workplace retaliation was keeping many from speaking out.

Meanwhile, state Auditor of Accounts Doug Hoffer is pushing for legislation that would allow him to keep secret the names of state employees who bring concerns to his office.

Human Resources Commissioner Kate Duffy says her staff is working on new training materials to get out the message that workplace retaliation against employees who speak out violates state law and policy.

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