California Democratic Governor Gavin Newsom signed a bill Tuesday requiring presidential candidates to disclose their tax returns to be eligible for the state's primary ballot.
The Presidential Tax Transparency and Accountability Act requires a candidate for president or California governor to file copies of their Internal Revenue Service filings for the most recent five years at least 98 days ahead of the primary election.
The so-called Presidential Tax Transparency and Accountability Act requires candidates for the White House or California governor to present copies of their Internal Revenue Service filing for the most recent five years at least 98 days before the primary election.
The latest move of Gov. Newsom is a direct challenge to his long-term rival, President Trump, who has been refusing to make his tax return public.
It is worth mentioning that President Trump may avoid the law by choosing not to compete in California's first rally. At this time of the campaign, there is no credible GOP competitor. Therefore, it is highly likely that Trump would not need California's delegates voice to win the Republican nomination.
Commenting on the newly-signed bill, Gov. Newsom said that as one of the largest economies worldwide, California has certain moral obligations and legal responsibilities. One of them includes transparency when it comes to the financial information of presidential or gubernatorial candidates, asserted Newsom.
In his view, candidates running for the highest governmental position need to meet minimum standards to restore public trust and confidence.
Presidential personal lawyer, Jay Sekulow disagreed with Newsom saying that California's attempts to circumvent the Constitution of the United States would be answered in court.
In response, the Democratic state Sen. Mike McGuire said that the measure is not discriminatory and it applies to all candidates. Therefore, he believed it would be ruled constitutional by the court.
According to Richard Hasen, professor of election law at the University of California Irvine, the courts have not worked on a similar case before. In prof. Hasen's view, the challenge seems to be unavoidable. He also added that the case could be transferred to the U.S. Supreme Court. Similar state law in New York remains in court.
California is holding next year's primary on March 3, known as Super Tuesday because the high number of the state's with nominating contests that day.
The next year's primary ballot in California would take place on March 3, also known as Super Tuesday. It is called this because of the considerable number of nominees that day.
What do you think? Do you believe that President Trump would need to comply with California's new bill?