The Washington state Senate passed a bill this week that would keep presidential candidates, including President Trump, off the state’s 2020 presidential ballot unless they release their tax returns.
The bill, which advanced Tuesday to the state’s House of Representatives, would require any candidate to release five years of tax returns in order to be included on the ballot for general or primary elections, reports CBS News.
Senators voted by a 28-21 margin to approve the bill.
The state’s attorney general and solicitor told lawmakers in a letter this week that the proposal, in their view, was likely constitutional.
“The disclosure requirement you propose is likely Constitutional,” the two wrote to lawmakers, according to CBS News, adding that the measure “would definitely be challenged in court.”
“Although releasing tax returns has been the norm for about the last 40 years in presidential elections, unfortunately we’ve seen that norm broken,” said Sen. Patty Kuderer (D), who sponsored the bill.
Republicans argue that the state was getting into questionable legal territory by attempting to impose rules on a federal election.
“We’re on really risky ground when we’re trying to place conditions on a federal election,” said Sen. Hans Zeiger (R), according to CBS.
Trump has so far refused to release his tax returns, claiming he is under audit by the IRS.
A nearly identical bill recently advanced in New Jersey’s state Senate and is currently sitting in the state’s General Assembly, reports The Hill.