California State Senate Passes Bill Requiring Presidential Candidates Release Tax Returns

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The California state Senate approved a proposed bill that changes the process for printing the names of presidential candidates in the primary ballot.

On Thursday, the Presidential Transparency and Accountability Act also known as SB 27 easily passed the state Senate with 27-10 votes. Democrats currently holds two-thirds supermajority control of the state’s upper chamber. All of the 10 Republican lawmakers voted against the bill.

SB 27 requires all presidential candidates to releases five years’ worth of income tax returns in order for their names to appear on the state’s primary ballot. Their tax returns will be made available to the public on the California Secretary of State’s website.

A response to Trump’s refusal to release his tax returns

California state Senators Mike McGuire and Scott Wiener introduced the bill in response to President Donald Trump’s refusal to release his income tax returns. Trump broke a bipartisan tradition of presidents who voluntarily disclosed their income tax returns over the past 40 years.