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Vt. auditor seeks whistleblower protection

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) -- Vermont Auditor of Accounts Doug Hoffer is asking lawmakers to consider passing a law to protect the identity of whistleblowers.

Hoffer says under current state law if someone reports a problem to his office he could be compelled if asked to release the name of that individual.

Hoffer says that could make people less likely to reveal wrongdoing in state government.

He made the request for the change Friday at the Statehouse in Montpelier while testifying to the Public Records Legislative Study Committee.

The committee was formed to review the requirements and exemptions to Vermont's public records act.

The Vermont State Employees Association is supporting Hoffer's request because it says members would be reluctant to report problems in state government because of fears of retaliation.

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