NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Republican Gov. Bill Haslam has signed an executive order that eliminates a requirement for the governor and top aides to disclose how much they earn.
Under the order signed after Haslam took office on Saturday, the disclosure rules applying to himself and senior administration officials will be the same as those for members of the General Assembly. Those only requires them to list sources of income, but not how much they make.
The move wipes off the books former Democratic Gov. Phil Bredesen's first executive order of 2003, which required the top executive branch officials to make annual reports about their total earnings.
Haslam was heavily criticized during the campaign for refusing to say how much he earned from family owned Pilot, a national truck stop chain with annual revenues of about $20 billion.
(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
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