COLUMBIA - State senators rejected a proposal requiring elected officials in South Carolina to disclose on ethics forms how much their employers pay them.
The Senate swiftly killed the proposed amendment without debate. Sen. Vincent Sheheen attempted Wednesday to add it to an ethics reform bill that senators tentatively approved last week. It requires officeholders to disclose their sources of income but not the amounts.
Sheheen told colleagues voters deserve to know whether they're being paid $100 or substantially more.
The Camden Democrat who's making another run for governor in 2014 noted he's released 13 years of tax returns, and it didn't hurt.
Senate Judiciary Chairman Larry Martin said he objected because he believes private businesses would no longer employ or do business with legislators if their exact pay was exposed.
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