Buehler applauds decision to suspend whistleblower investigations

Rep Knute Buehler_thb

Rep. Knute Buehler

Buehler says Oregon needs stronger whistleblower protections and calls on leadership to join him

Salem, OR – Marion County District Attorney Walt Beglau and Yamhill County District Attorney Brad Berry announced that they would not pursue charges against Michael Rodgers, the whistleblower responsible for leaking the Kitzhaber emails. Rep. Knute Buehler, who was the first public official to support Rodgers, released the following statement.

“I applaud the decision to suspend investigations against Michael Rodgers. Justice has been served and the public interest has been protected. Rodgers is an Oregon hero – not an Oregon criminal.

Now it is time to get Michael Rodgers back to work where he belongs and for the legislature to turn our focus towards strengthening Oregon whistleblower protection laws. I am working on new legislation that will protect Oregonians, like Rodgers, who are brave enough to stand against corrupt government. I sent a letter today urging Governor Kate Brown to join me, and invite leadership in the legislature to do the same. Like Michael Rodgers, let’s rise above the culture of arrogance and indifference that created the climate for the Kitzhaber-Hayes public corruption scandal in the first place. Let’s take meaningful action to reform Oregon’s whistleblower protection laws. Let’s discuss, debate and pass legislation to ensure future whistleblowers are not punished for doing the right thing.”

Buehler introduced whistleblower protection reforms (HB 3544) earlier this session but the bill was assigned to a closed committee and never received a hearing. This week, Buehler is introducing new legislation based on the federal Sarbanes Oxley law (sections 806 and 307), that will provide state employees in Oregon similar protections that exist for employees of publicly traded companies.

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Posted by at 08:17 | Posted in Crime & Sentencing, Cylvia Hayes, Ethics, Gov. Kate Brown, Gov. Kitzhaber, OR 78th Legislative Session | 3 Comments |Email This Post Email This Post |Print This Post Print This Post
  • Dave Lister

    Yes, on the surface this is a great thing. But don’t be sucked in. For the democrats the party is the state. Kate et al are only doing this because to prosecute him would hurt their brand, not because it is the right thing. Don’t forget they, and the media, gave Kitzhaber enough cover to be re-elected and only when the seat was safe did they turn on him. This is a continuation of the same. Call for reform. Forgive the whistleblower. Look like we care. And keep the lock on power.

    What we should be talking about is the pathetic Republican response to being rolled in Salem this session. “They have the majority and we can’t do anything.” Well, right after it is over, if the Oregon GOP doesn’t start fundraising for a massive education project to precede the next set of elections they are totally ineffective. The voters need to know what happened to their rights and their pocketbooks this session. And no, I don’t think the Monica PAC is going to get the job done.

  • guest

    Had Oregonians done the right thing by voting for Buehler in lieu of Brown in the 2014 SOS selection, there would now be an outstanding governor of Oregon rather than just another tax and spend flubber stamp given a 24/7 all hail pass from the expletive secretive DNC. ,

    • Webster

      2b meant ‘secretionary’

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