Gov. Kate Brown said she would support a bill requiring President Trump and other presidential candidates to release their tax returns in order to appear on Oregon ballots.
“We have to hold our elected officials accountable. I think this is just one way of doing it,” Brown told the HuffPost on Monday.
Earlier this year, legislation was introduced in Oregon’s state Senate requiring presidential and vice presidential candidates to disclose tax returns in order to appear on ballots in general elections – but it never got out of committee. However, the legislature reconvenes in January, and Oregon’s primary vote doesn’t happen until May.
According to the HuffPost, Brown says she would sign the bill if it hit her desk, adding, “I suspect you’ll see other legislation like this in the future.”
According to The Hill, Republican National Committee (RNC) spokesman Steve Guest responded to Brown’s comments, saying, “Instead of trying to beat President Trump at the ballot box, Democrats are resorting to unconstitutional, undemocratic, and just plain desperate tactics.”
Last month, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed legislation requiring candidates for president and governor to disclose federal tax returns from the five most recent years in order to appear on primary ballots.
The California law faces legal challenges from Trump, the RNC, and the conservative group Judicial Watch. But, California’s governor released opinions from legal experts defending the law when he signed the legislation.
The Congressional House Ways and Means Committee filed suit last month seeking Trump’s tax returns.
According to The Hill, New York enacted legislation last month permitting chairs of Congressional tax committees to request officials’ state tax returns. But, responsive to a suit filed by Trump, a judge has temporarily blocked the state from providing the returns.
– By Andy Thompson