ANNAPOLIS - A prison employee's demotion inspired a "whistleblower" protection bill sponsored by Del. Christopher B. Shank, R-Washington.
Shank said an officer at a Washington County state prison wrote him and Sen. Donald F. Munson, R-Washington, an e-mail with broad complaints about his workplace, such as poor morale.
As a result, the officer's promotion was revoked, Shank said, declining to name the officer.
His bill, heard Monday by the House Appropriations Committee, adds new safeguards to protect state employees who speak out.
They would be allowed to comment on "misuse of public resources," in addition to other abuses or dangers described in the current whistleblower law.
They may not be punished or threatened with punishment for being part of an employee organization or for taking part - or refusing to take part - in political activities while off-duty.