While California is a definitively blue state, with 61 percent of voters having cast their ballots for Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election, Donald Trump racked up nearly five million votes in California in that election. In 2020, he may not be able to get any.
California legislation that would require presidential and gubernatorial candidates to release their tax returns in order to appear on the state's ballot cleared a significant hurdle, passing the State Assembly with an overwhelming majority vote. https://t.co/uzUnZVxYFY
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) July 12, 2019
As the presidential campaigns for 2020 are well underway, California lawmakers are looking ahead and addressing some of the issues that arose in 2016 that led to the corrupt presidency that resulted from it. Senators Mike McGuire
An ABC affiliate in San Francisco reports that:
‘SB 27, co-authored by Senators Mike McGuire and Scott Wiener, was approved by the State Assembly Monday with a 57-17 vote, according to McGuire’s office. It will be heard again in the State Senate this week, and if approved, will head to Gov. Gavin Newsom for his signature.’
SB27 would require presidential candidates to release five years of income tax returns in order to be eligible for the primary election in California. The bill now goes to Gov. @GavinNewsom.#Election2020https://t.co/5ZSz8wclvH
— Democratic Coalition (@TheDemCoalition) July 12, 2019
Sen. McGuire gave a statement saying:
‘Presidential candidates need to put their own interests aside in the name of transparency,” McGuire’s office said in a written statement. “So far, our current President has done the opposite and it’s time that President Trump steps up, stops with the obstruction, and follows through with 40 years of time-honored tradition that has made this nation’s democracy stronger. This commonsense legislation applies equally to all candidates, from all political parties, including the Governor of California.’
California lawmakers pass bill requiring Trump, presidential hopefuls tax returns to appear on ballot
The California State Assembly on Thursday passed legislation mandating that all presidential and state gubernatorial candidates release their tax information pic.twitter.com/2Pu015QwHp
— Darlington Micah (@DarlingtonMicah) July 12, 2019
‘The Presidential Tax Transparency & Accountability Act will require basic tax information to be shared with California residents, and require that all presidential and gubernatorial candidates release the last five years of their tax returns in order to appear on the state ballot. The returns will be made available to the public on the Secretary of State’s website, according to McGuire’s office.
‘The measure also includes an urgency clause, which would allow the legislation to take effect immediately, prior to the filing deadline for 2020 presidential candidates.
Meanwhile, Trump’s New York tax returns could be given to Congress under a new law in his home state that was signed Monday by the Democratic governor and dismissed by Republicans as a partisan game that wouldn’t stand up in court.’
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed a bill allowing the release of Trump's state tax returns to certain members of Congress. https://t.co/9ZZwi6O0p4
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) July 8, 2019