Bill limiting Idaho whistleblower lawsuits heads to governor
Whistleblower lawsuits against Idaho would be limited to $370,000 in non-economic damages under legislation heading to the governor.
The Senate on Wednesday voted 31-1 to approve the measure that has no limit for economic damages.
The measure follows a whistleblower lawsuit the State Police settled in 2019 for $1.29 million.
In that case, a whistleblower claimed police retaliated against him because he testified against another officer in a court hearing.
Backers of the legislation say the limits on non-economic damages protect Idaho taxpayers.
Opponents say the limit is too low and won't dissuade bad supervisors from retaliating.