Panel Pulls Public Hospitals From Compensation Disclosure

The public has the right to know more about what state and local government employees are paid, so long as they don't work for a public hospital.

That's according to a bill approved by a House committee.

The Senate version of the bill would have required that a public hospital employee's compensation package be open for public inspection. This would include incentives, bonuses and other compensation, not just the base salary.

But when the bill came to a House judiciary committee, that provision was deleted.

Hugh Tilson is senior vice president of the North Carolina Hospital Association. He says the disclosure would place the state's 30 or so public hospitals at a disadvantage by making public how much they're paying executives.

John Bussian is a lobbyist for the North Carolina Press Association. He says hospital executives pressured House members to require the hospital to continue to provide salary information only.