Brown Vetoes Tax Return Measure After Receiving Anderson Request

Governor’s veto message echoes Anderson’s concern about its political motivation, SB 149 was part of Democrat leader’s “resistance” to President Trump.
Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Governor Brown has vetoed SB 149 which was introduced by Senator Mike McGuire to require presidential candidates in California to provide their income tax returns for the past five taxable years with the California Secretary of State’s Office.

In his letter to Govern Brown last month urging a veto, Senator Anderson argued that SB 149 was driven by political motives and wrote, “I offered amendments on the Senate floor to include all elected officials attempting to get on the ballot in California as a test of the true motivation behind this measure. The Leadership and the majority in the Senate of course failed that test by tabling the amendment.”

Anderson’s floor speeches on SB 149 show his attempts to amend the bill:

Brown’s veto message said, “Today we require tax returns, but what would be next? Five years of health records? A certified birth certificate? High school report cards? And will these requirements vary depending on which political party is in power?”