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California Tries Anew to Push Tax Return Law Aimed at Trump

Oct. 9, 2019, 2:06 PM

California is fighting back against a judge’s decision to block a state law that would require President Donald Trump to disclose his federal tax returns to qualify for the 2020 Republican primary ballot.

U.S. District Judge Morrison C. England Jr. in Sacramento Oct. 1 granted a request to place the law on hold until there is a final decision on whether it’s constitutional. Trump and others have argued that the law adds a qualification for federal office not included in the Constitution.

The judge’s order applied to five related cases. California Secretary of State Alex Padilla and Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) appealed the order for each of the cases to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, according to court documents filed Oct. 8.

Trump broke with decades of tradition when he refused to release his tax returns during the 2016 campaign.

Newsom signed the measure into law in July. It would require presidential and gubernatorial candidates who want their names on the primary election ballot to provide their past five years of federal returns.

The cases include Griffin v. Padilla, E.D. Cal., No. 2:19-cv-01477, appeal filed 10/8/19.

To contact the reporter on this story: Colleen Murphy in Washington at cmurphy@bloombergtax.com

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Patrick Ambrosio at pambrosio@bloombergtax.com; Jeff Harrington at jharrington@bloombergtax.com