The California state legislature has passed a bill that could keep President Donald Trump off the ballot. The bill would require presidential and state gubernatorial candidates to release tax information to the public in order to appear on the ballot in that state.
The bill passed both state houses by overwhelming margins, but still has to be signed by Governor Gavin Newsom. Under the proposed law, candidates would have to share the most recent five years of tax returns with the state government, which would then make the information available to taxpayers on the state secretary of state’s website.
The law contains an “urgency clause” designed to ensure that it is implemented before the 2020 election. Trump has refused to release his tax returns, and Democrats have been trying everything they could to force him to do so.
“Presidential candidates need to put their own interests aside in the name of transparency,” bill co-author California state Sen. Mike McGuire (D) said in a written statement.
A federal lawsuit against Trump was filed by House Democrats last week to force the Treasury Department and the IRS to comply with subpoenas to release Trump tax and other financial records. New York has also implemented legislation intended to allow the state to access Trump’s taxes.
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