President Trump keeps insisting that because his tax returns are under audit, he can’t possibly release them. And the Republican-led Congress, save a few renegades like South Carolina Rep. Mark Sanford, evince little interest in compelling the president to disclose them. But Rick Hasen is reporting that several states have stepped into the breach:
“[A] band of state lawmakers is attempting to succeed where so many others have failed. In at least 24 states, legislators have introduced bills that would force Trump (and all other presidential candidates) to disclose their tax returns in order to qualify for their states’ ballots in 2020.”
Senator Bryan Townsend has joined that band in sponsoring SB28. This legislation requires all candidates for President and Vice President of the United States file copies of their federal tax returns from the five most recent taxable years with the Delaware Department of Elections as a prerequisite for appearing on the ballot in the general election in Delaware.
I would amend the legislation to require the production of returns from 10 of the immediately preceding years.
AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 15 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO TAX RETURNS OF THE PRESIDENT AND VICE PRESIDENT.
SPONSORS: Townsend, McDowell, Baumbach, Lynn, Bentz, Kowalko, Osienski
HISTORY: Reported out of committee
STATUS: On Ready List.