Columbia, SC (WLTX) -- Questions remain unanswered for state senators after testimony from James Etter, Director of the state Department of Revenue.
Sen. Hugh Leatherman called an emergency meeting of the finance committee that was held Tuesday afternoon. Etter, joined by an attorney and the agency's deputy director fielded questions from the lawmakers.
"I had some questions answered," said Sen. Larry Grooms, "There's a lot more questions that do need to be answered."
Many questions from the committee centered around concerns they had heard from voters in their district. They also asked about protection for minors and business.
After several questions, Etter told lawmakers that some business ID number had been compromised. He couldn't say how many and would not answer any questions from WLTX about it after the meeting. He did say he would work to try and get protection for those businesses impacted.
Etter said his agency found out about the breach from the secret service.
Several lawmakers asked why the state could not find a way to register taxpayers for protection services without placing the burden on them. Etter responded saying it was a privacy issue.
Senators also questioned the process for contracting with Experian. Several said they wanted to see the contract between the agency and the state.
No action was taken at the meeting.
"I don't feel satisfied, I think it was put in the committee that anger and fear have now come together, and we need to make sure we're doing all that we can for the people of South Carolina," said Grooms. "I'm disappointed, greatly disappointed, frustrated and angry but we've got an obligation to the people of this state and we need to do everything we can to make sure they're protected."