A bill passed by the state legislature Friday requires Presidential candidates to release their tax return before they are allowed to run in California.
The California State Assembly passed a bill requiring presidential candidates to release their returns. And if they refuse? They won’t be on the state ballot when 2020 rolls around.
The Presidential Tax Transparency and Accountability Act passed the Assembly, 42-18, and will now move on to the state Senate for a vote, and then on to Gov. Jerry Brown (D) for his signature.
State Sen. Mike McGuire (D), a co-author of the bill, released a blistering statement against Trump after the legislation passed:
President Trump’s blatant disregard for the tradition of releasing tax returns is dangerous to our democracy. For decades, every President has put their personal beliefs aside and put our country first and released their returns.
SB 149 helps to reestablish desperately needed transparency in the White House, and we are looking forward to seeing the governor’s signature on the bill.
Another author of the legislation, state Sen. Scott Wiener (D), tore into Trump as well:
“As the months continue to go by in the disastrous Trump Administration and the investigations and conflicts of interest pile up, it becomes more and more clear how critical basic transparency is in how we elect our president.”
In passing the measure, the Democrat-controlled legislature again demonstrated its status as a bastion of opposition to Donald Trump. Breaking with tradition for presidential contenders, Trump declined to release his full tax returns before he was elected, despite concerns that his sprawling business empire could present a conflict with his public duties.
If the California State Assembly gets its way, that’ll change in 2020 — assuming Trump decides to seek reelection, that is. Then again, given his contempt for being boxed in a corner, things could get interesting.