Some question if this is constitutional, but I think it is imperative.
Courtesy of The Hill:
The California state Senate on Thursday approved a bill to require candidates appearing on the presidential primary ballot — including President Trump — to release five years’ worth of income tax returns.
The measure was approved in a 27-10 vote, according to The Associated Press. California, for the first time, will be one of the first states to hold its presidential primary in the 2020 cycle.
The bill is a response to Trump’s insistence that he will not release his tax returns as presidential candidates traditionally have done, claiming he is under audit. If the bill becomes law and Trump does not release his returns, he may not appear on the California primary ballot.
“We believe that President Trump, if he truly doesn’t have anything to hide, should step up and release his tax returns,” said state Sen. Mike McGuire (D) who co-authored the bill, according to the AP.
All 10 Republicans in the state Senate voted against the bill’s passage.
Now Trump could not care less about California because they would not vote for him if he were the only candidate on the ballot, but California joins a growing list of other states who have also passed this law, and more are likely to follow.
If this trend grows fast enough it might trigger a showdown in the Supreme Court, but will that really be resolved in time for the 2020 election?