Senate Republican Leader Grove Responds to Ruling on Presidential Tax Return Law

Senate Republican Leader Shannon Grove (R-Bakersfield) released the following statement after a federal judge issued a written ruling today citing that the plaintiffs will likely prevail on multiple grounds, including that SB 27 violates Article II of the United States Constitution.

Signed into law by Governor Newsom in July, SB 27 requires Presidential and gubernatorial candidates to release five years of their federal income tax returns in order to run in the March 2020 Primary Election in California.

"Today's ruling is a victory for the constitutional rights of Americans and our democracy. Legislative Republicans have argued that SB 27 is unconstitutional, and this court ruling reaffirms this stance. The majority party attempted to interfere with the upcoming primary election and their efforts were unsuccessful.

"Now that the written ruling is out, I urge Governor Newsom to accept this decision and not pursue an appeal which will only waste taxpayer dollars," said Senate Republican Leader Shannon Grove.

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