California Senate approves bill requiring presidential candidates to submit tax returns

California’s Senate approved a bill this week requiring presidential candidates to submit five years’ worth of tax returns in order to appear on the ballot, joining 18 other states in a jab at President Donald Trump’s refusal to release his tax returns.

California joins New York, Illinois and Washington, among other states, that have introduced bills requiring all candidates to release their individual tax returns to qualify for the presidential primary ballot. Tax returns have become a key 2020 issue, with Trump refusing to surrender them and Democratic presidential candidates sharing their tax information with varying degrees of timeliness.

The state’s Senate passed the measure by a 27-10 party line vote Thursday. The bill now goes to the state’s assembly for consideration. It’s not clear if California Gov. Gavin Newsom, a Democrat, would sign the bill into law should it make it to his desk. …

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  1. Doesn’t make a difference either way. Trump didn’t win in any of the states listed so this is just an exercise in futility.

  2. tomsquawk says

    If Newsom doesn’t veto veto, let’s get into his stuff

  3. Robert S. Allen says

    IF it passed, could a write-in succeed?

  4. askeptic says

    Somehow, I don’t think even the 9th Circus will be able to stomach this.

  5. How about every public servant, active and retired, be required to publish their returns every year? “If you get rich working for the government, you are a crook” A great quote from Harry Truman.

  6. Paul Williamson says

    The Federal Constitution sets the criteria for federal office, President, Senator and Representative, there is no requirement for producing tax returns, the states cannot change that. Most elective offices require an oath when assuming office to “protect and defend the constitution of the United States”, I wonder if they have even read it.

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