McCaskill bill incentivizing auto whistleblowers passes Senate

The U.S. Senate unanimously passed a bill that encourages auto-industry whistleblowers to speak out about vehicular defects.

Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill co-sponsored the legislation is in response to the faulty ignition systems in many General Motrs vehicles, which resulted in more than a dozen deaths.

The bill says that whistleblowers will be eligible for up to 30 percent of penalties levied on companies by the Department of Transportation or the Department of Justice.

The bill still has to go through the U.S. House of Representatives before heading to President Barack Obama’s desk.

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