Late Sunday, Gov. Jerry Brown (D) vetoed pending legislation requiring presidential candidates appearing on California’s ballot releasing their federal tax returns to the public.
Although the bill passed the Democratic-controlled legislature, Brown warned the measure could eventually lead to requirements of candidates to release other private information, such as health records or birth certificates.
“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 the presidential elections in this manner. Will these requirements vary depending on which political party is in power?” the governor wrote in his veto message.
Sunday was the deadline for Brown to sign or veto this measure from the 2017 legislative session. The measure’s prime sponsor, state Sen. Mike McGuire (D) did not comment on the veto message.