No Tax Returns, No Presidential Election Ballot, California Democrats Tell Trump
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“Jessica Levinson, a Loyola Law School professor, has no doubt someone will back a court challenge to legislation aimed at forcing President Trump to release five years of his income tax returns before the 2020 election.
“You can bet that if Governor Brown signs it, the second the ink is dry someone will sue,” Levinson told the Mercury News.
Trump refused to release his income tax returns during the 2016 presidential campaign. He was the first presidential contender to do so since President Ford.
Senate Bill 149, the Presidential Tax Transparency & Accountability Act, was approved by the California Legislature on Sept. 15. It does not specifically mentionTrump. Any candidate who refuses to release the required returns would not be allowed on the 2020 presidential primary election ballot under SB 149.
Democratic Sens. Mike McGuire and Scott Wiener, sponsors of the legislation, saidthe bill was only intended to provide voters with the information they needed to know about a candidate’s potential conflicts of interest, business dealings, financial status, and charitable donations.
“If it’s good enough for a presidential candidate, it’s certainly good enough for a governor, and all five constitutional offices,” said Anderson.
Gov. Jerry Brown (D) might hesitate to sign SB 149, if only because during the last two election cycles he refused to release his tax returns.
But if Brown does sign the Presidential Tax Transparency & Accountability Act, and if it is challenged in court, the Mercury News reported the case is expected to center on a 1995 U.S. Supreme Court case that found states can set up requirements for candidates.
However, the justices also ruled states cannot invent new qualifications for federal office beyond what is constitutional.”
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