May 6, 2019
The California State Senate has passed a bill that would require candidates appearing on the presidential primary ballot—including President Donald Trump, who is gearing up to run in 2020—to release five years’ worth of income tax returns.
The Presidential Tax Transparency and Accountability Act (SB-27) was approved in a 27-10 vote in the State Senate, The Hill reports. The act would require California’s Secretary of State, within five days of receiving the returns, to make redacted versions of the returns available to the public on his or her website.
According to The Hill, the bill represents a response to the president’s continuing refusal to release his tax returns as presidential candidates traditionally have done, claiming he is under audit.
“We believe that President Trump, if he truly doesn’t have anything to hide, should step up and release his tax returns,” said State Senator Mike McGuire (D), who co-authored the bill.
All ten Republicans in the State Senate voted against the bill’s passage.
“I get that playing the resistance card may be good politics for the majority party, but I would submit that it’s bad policy for Californians,” Senator Brian Jones (R) told the Associated Press.
Other presidential candidates would also be subject to the bill, but several 2020 Democrats already have released their tax returns.
Research contact: @thehill