In a press conference scheduled for Friday, April 22, 2016 at the Clinton Presidential Library, Arkansas State Representatives Vivian Flowers and Ken Ferguson will announce their support for a state law recognizing National Whistleblower Day. Arkansas would be the first state to recognize America’s first whistleblower law (passed in 1778 during the Revolution). For the past three years the U.S. Senate has unanimously approved a similar resolution.
The National Whistleblower Center’s Executive Director, Stephen M. Kohn, will be speaking at the press conference scheduled for 9:00 a.m. Later in the day he will give the keynote address at the National Whistleblower Day luncheon ceremony.
Mr. Kohn’s historical research led to the re-discovery of this 1778 law. The full history of the law, and its impact on U.S. democratic traditions, is detailed in Kohn’s book, The Whistleblower’s Handbook.
The Luncheon ceremony, and other events at this Whistleblower Summit are open to the public. The full schedule of events is linked here.