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Bill limiting Idaho whistleblower lawsuits heads to House

Posted at 3:06 AM, Mar 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-06 05:06:31-05

BOISE, Idaho — Whistleblower lawsuits against Idaho would be limited to $370,000 in non-economic damages under legislation heading to the full House.

The House Judiciary, Rules and Administration Committee on Thursday approved 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 taxpayers. Opponents say the limit is too low and won't dissuade bad supervisors from retaliating.