California legislators passed a bill that would require presidents to release their tax returns in order to appear on the California ballot. This bill is aimed at keeping President Trump off of the California primary ballot.
The bill is now on Governor Newsom’s desk.
“SB 27 is unconstitutional and discriminates against Republican voters,” Robin Hvidston, Executive Director of We The People Rising and California State Coordinator for the Remembrance Project, said. “We are calling upon the governor to not discriminate against the more than 4 million Californians who voted for President Trump. We are calling for a veto.”
Along with visits to the district offices of legislators and testifying against SB 27 during the committee hearings, members of We The People Rising and The Remembrance Project have been contacting Governor Newsom, calling for him to veto SB 27.
“Statewide, concerned citizens are contacting Governor Newsom to demand that he veto this bill,” Hvidston said. “It is disconcerting that Democrats are engaging in this tactic as a means of political posturing. We hope the governor will do the right thing and take a stand against this bill.”
Notably, Governor Jerry Brown vetoed an identical bill in 2017. Below is his statement.
“While I recognize the political attractiveness — even the merits — of getting President Trump’s tax returns, I worry about the political perils of individual states seeking to regulate presidential elections in this manner. First, it may not be constitutional. Second, it sets a “slippery slope” precedent. Today we require tax returns, but what would be next? Five years of health records? A certified birth certificate? High school report cards? And will these requirements vary depending on which political party is in power?
“A qualified candidate’s ability to appear on the ballot is fundamental to our democratic system. For that reason, I hesitate to start down a road that will might lead to an ever escalating set of differing state requirements for presidential elections.”
We The People Rising, The Remembrance Project and America First Latinos are recorded in SB 27 as formal opposition to the bill.