Bill Would Require Presidential Candidates to Release Tax Returns

Sep 15, 2017

The California State Assembly passed a bill on Thursday that would require presidential candidates to release their tax returns prior to being placed on California’s ballot. The Presidential Tax Transparency and Accountability Act passed on a 42 — 18 vote. It will now go to the state Senate for a vote. Democrat Senator Mike McGuire declared, “President Trump’s blatant disregard for the tradition of releasing tax returns is dangerous to our democracy. For decades, every President has put there personal beliefs aside and put our country first and released their returns.” The bill would require that a presidential candidate release five previous years worth of tax returns. Senator Scott Wiener said the bill was about “giving the American people the honesty and transparency they deserve.” New York lawmakers introduced similar legislation earlier this year. Candidate Trump was the first candidate in several years to not release his returns.