SECTION 1. Section 9 of chapter 12A of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2016 Official Edition, is hereby amended by inserting at the end of the first paragraph the following:-
The inspector general shall have access under this paragraph notwithstanding any other provision of law, except pursuant to any provision of law enacted by the general court that expressly (i) refers to the inspector general; and (ii) limits the right of access of the inspector general.
SECTION 2. Section 10 of said chapter 12A is hereby amended by striking out, in line 3, the words “or both” and inserting in place thereof the following words:-“the appropriate district attorney, or any combination thereof”.
SECTION 3. Said section 10, is hereby further amended by inserting, after the words “attorney general”, in line 5, “attorney general” the following words:- “or district attorney”.
SECTION 4. Section 14 of said chapter 12A is hereby amended by striking out, in line 2, the words “public employee” and inserting in place thereof the following word:- “source”.
SECTION 5. Said section 14 is hereby further amended by striking out, in line 7, the word “an” and inserting in place thereof the following words:- “a public”.
SECTION 6. Said section 14 is hereby further amended by striking out paragraph (c) and inserting in place thereof the following paragraph:-
(c) Any person who has authority to take, direct others to take, recommend, or approve any personnel action, shall not, with respect to such authority, take or threaten to take any action against any public employee, or any employee of a contractor having a contract, or an anticipated contract, with a public body, as a reprisal for making a complaint or disclosing information to the inspector general, unless the complaint was made or the information disclosed with the knowledge that it was false or with willful disregard for its truth or falsity. Any person who willfully violates this subsection shall be punished by a fine of not more than $10,000. In addition, any person who takes such prohibited action against an employee may be liable to that employee for treble damages, costs and attorney's fees.
SECTION 7. Section 15 of said chapter 12A is hereby amended by striking out the sixth paragraph and inserting in place thereof the following paragraph:-
A person summonsed to attend and testify under oath shall appear and testify under oath before the inspector general or an employee of the office who is an attorney admitted to practice in the commonwealth and approved by the inspector general council. A member of the inspector general council, or a designee of a member, may be present at the request of the inspector general.
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