House votes 91-1 to reward future whistleblowers
By a 91-to-1 margin, the Kentucky House of Representatives voted Monday for House Speaker Greg Stumboâ€™s effort to root out fraud across state government. House Bill 401 has two main goals: rooting out fraud and reducing the stateâ€™s deficit by potentially millions of dollars by giving whistleblowers strong financial incentive to step forward if state tax dollars are being misused. Under the Speakerâ€™s bill, those found guilty would be liable for up to three times the amount they had fraudulently billed the state; whistleblowers will be eligible to receive anywhere from 15 to 30 percent of the money recovered as a reward for their service. Other civil penalties and attorney fees would be an additional cost for those found guilty.