New Jersey OKs bill pressuring Trump to disclose tax returns
- Author: Leroy Wright Mar 18, 2017,
Mar 18, 2017, 10:29
Another Republican member of New Jersey's congressional delegation, Rep.
Trump broke with almost four decades of tradition by failing to release his tax returns during the campaign.
In some states, although not in New Jersey, the bill is called the Tax Returns Uniformly Made Public Act - or TRUMP Act.
The most recent version of the bill would expand regulations to include all "pet dealers", defined as anyone who sells 10 or more dogs or cats in New Jersey in a year, and would require breeders to submit their USDA inspection reports to the state Division of Consumer Affairs in order to do business with dealers in the state.
"It is very, very important for the president and vice president of the United States, candidates, to come clean with the American people".
Last week, Hawaii became the first state to send similar legislation to a full floor vote.
The bill was approved in the Democratic-controlled state legislature along party lines and awaits a signature from Gov. Chris Christie. He said he does not think the state can place limits on the presidential election that are inconsistent with how the election is conducted around the country.
"I think a requirement of revealing one's tax returns would be regarded as an additional qualification", said Michael McConnell, a professor at Stanford Law School.
"Just today breaking news, General Motors announced that they are adding or keeping 900 jobs right here in MI, and that's going to be over the next 12 months", he said as he met with automakers in the Wolverine State.
Weinberg said that if somebody were to sue over the law, so be it.
Under existing state law, pet stores can purchase dogs and cats for resale only from breeders who have a license with the U.S. Department of Agriculture and who have not violated certain animal welfare laws.
The returns showed that Trump earned $153 million and paid $36.5 million in income taxes in 2005, paying a roughly 25 percent effective tax rate thanks to a tax he has since sought to eliminate.
McKeon said he believes the bill is constitutional under the broad authority the Supreme Court interpreted states as having over administering elections in the Bush v. Gore case in 2000, though he acknowledged there are conflicting opinions.
Presidential tax return legislation has been introduced in at least 24 states, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.
Lobbyists representing state, county or local government entities would have to file a notice of representation and disclose how much they are being paid under a bill that was passed unanimously by the Assembly.
Criticizing New Jersey's gun laws as too restrictive, Christie in May proposed a change in statewide regulations to expand the categories of people who may carry handguns in public.
"This is a doozy", he said. "Both political parties contributed to this problem and both need to be engaged in the solution".
While bills in Democratic-leaning states such as Maryland and Vermont have had legislative hearings, those introduced in Republican-controlled statehouses such as Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, Minnesota and Pennsylvania are stalling.
Trump's January 25 executive order specifies that "jurisdictions that fail to comply with applicable federal law do not receive federal funds, except as mandated by law", and that the order is meant to ensure federal immigration laws are followed.