Gov. Brown vetoes bill requiring presidential candidates release tax returns to get on California ballot


According to him, “First, it may not be constitutional. Second, it sets a ‘slippery slope’ precedent. Today, we require tax returns, but what would be next?”

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Furthermore, Gov. Brown emphasized that it is” fundamental to our democratic system” that a qualified candidate appear on the ballot.

He concluded his letter by saying that he is hesitant to go to a direction that “might lead to an ever escalating set of differing state requirement for presidential candidates.”

SB 149 was one of the two bills passed by the State’s Democratic-controlled Legislature to thwart Trump’s re-election in 2020. State Senator Mike McGuire, recently said that Americans “should not be kept in the dark about the President’s financial entanglements.” He is one of the authors of the bill.

Gov. Brown signed into law the other legislation last month. The SB 568 changes the date of the California’s primary election in 2020.  Under the newly-enacted law, California will hold its primary elections in March 2020, earlier than its original June schedule.