The Democratic-led California Senate voted overwhelmingly to require presidential candidates to release their taxes.
Though the bill that passed 27-10 this week would apply to any White House hopeful, it particularly pertains to the current president.
Donald Trump has resisted mounting efforts to compel him to release his financial records. If he continues to stonewall, California Democrats want to make sure he doesn’t appear on the 2020 primary ballot.
State Sen. Mike McGuire co-authored the bill and defended his position.
“We believe that President Trump, if he truly doesn’t have anything to hide, should step up and release his tax returns,” he said.
Of course, the minority party disagrees — and all 10 Republicans voted against the bill’s passage.
Sen. Brian Jones derided the effort as “playing the resistance card” against Trump.
“But I would submit that it’s bad policy for Californians,” he said.
Gov. Gavin Newsom, a Democrat, would reportedly evaluate the bill “on its own merits” if it arrives on his desk. His predecessor, also a Democrat, vetoed a similar proposal in 2017.