COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP/WVOC) - State senators have rejected a proposal that would require 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.
Kershaw County Senator Vincent Sheheen attempted to add it to an ethics reform bill that senators tentatively approved last week.
That 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 this year, noted he's released 13 years of tax returns, and says it didn't hurt.
But 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 is revealed.