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Lawmakers cast votes during a floor debate about the state's annual spending plan in Nashville on Thursday, April 10, 2014. From left are Republican Reps. Paul Bailey of Sparta, Bill Dunn of Knoxville and Harry Brooks of Knoxville.

NASHVILLE - An effort to require Tennessee candidates for public office to release their credit scores wound up with a zero rating in the Senate State and Local Government Committee today.

The committee voted 9-0 against the bill, sponsored by Sen. Paul Bailey, R-Sparta. 

Bailey argued voters should know something about a candidate's financial stability, but fellow senators raised a number of objections including someone whose credit ratings may be adversely impacted due to identity theft.

"You've been most gracious in the defeat of this important legislation," Bailey told colleagues following the vote.

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