[Ed. – This should be dunked quickly in court. A state can’t add personal-disclosure eligibility requirements for a federal office. The state can administer elections (e.g., require filing fees and set deadlines), not limit the pool of candidates on candidate-disclosure bases. Sillier California.]
California will require presidential candidates to hand over their tax returns in order to appear on the state’s primary-election ballot, setting up a likely legal conflict with President Trump over his continued refusal to disclose any tax documents.
Under a law signed Tuesday by Gov. Gavin Newsom, candidates must turn over five years of tax returns at least 98 days before the March 3 primary. The state would then release a redacted version of the documents.
“These are extraordinary times and states have a legal and moral duty to do everything in their power to ensure leaders seeking the highest offices meet minimal standards, and to restore public confidence,” Mr. Newsom, a Democrat, said in a statement.