Two state senators are introducing legislation to require presidential candidates to release their tax returns in order to appear on the California ballot, a direct response to President-elect Donald Trump’s refusal to disclose his tax documents prior to the November election.
“The American people deserve honesty and transparency from their president,” said incoming Sen. Scott Wiener, D-San Francisco, in a statement. “Unfortunately, we are getting lies and obfuscation from President-Elect Trump, especially in regards to how his business interests may impact his administration.”
The bill, which will be co-introduced by Wiener and Sen. Mike McGuire, D-Healdsburg, in January, is modeled after New York’s TRUMP Act, also known as Senate S8217. Introduced by Sen. Brad Hoylman, the New York bill requires presidential and vice presidential candidates to file five years of tax income returns at least 50 days before the general election.
“Transparency is a non-partisan issue,” McGuire said in a statement. “Voters not only deserve full disclosure of their future leader’s tax returns, they should be entitled to them.”