SB-149: Presidential Tax Transparency and Accountability Act

(Last updated February 12, 2018)

Summary

This California Senate bill would require candidates for President to file their tax returns for the five most recent taxable years with the California Secretary of State, in order to be listed on a primary election ballot in California. Furthermore, the same requirement would apply to all write-in candidates for presidential primary elections, in order for votes for those candidates to be counted. The California Secretary of State would be required to make these tax returns available to the public via the Secretary of State's website, after redacting information necessary to protect individual privacy.

None of these requirements would apply to candidates in order to be listed on a general election ballot, or to have their votes counted in a general election.

Status

Introduced into the California Senate on January 18, 2017. Referred to the Senate Committee on Judiciary and the Senate Committee on Elections and Constitutional Amendments.

The bill passed the California Senate on May 31, 2017, on a vote of 27-13. In San Diego County, both Republican Senators (Bates, Anderson) voted against the bill, and both Democratic Senators (Atkins, Hueso) voted for the bill.

The bill passed the California Assembly with amendments on September 14, 2017, on a vote of 54-23. In San Diego County, three Republican Assembly members (Chávez, Voepel, Waldron) voted against the bill, and one (Maienschein) voted for the bill. All Democratic Assembly members (Gloria, Gonzalez Fletcher, Weber) voted for the bill.

The Assembly's amendments were concurred in by the state Senate on September 15, 2017, on a vote of 27-11. In San Diego County, both Republican Senators (Bates, Anderson) voted against the bill, and both Democratic Senators (Atkins, Hueso) voted for the bill.

The bill was vetoed by Governor Jerry Brown on October 15, 2017. Although the veto can be overturned by the Senate, for all intents and purposes the bill is now dead.