Presidential tax return requirement passes Washington Senate

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OLYMPIA, Wash. — A proposal to force presidential candidates to release their tax returns in order to appear on Washington’s ballot has passed the state Senate.

Lawmakers approved the bill on a 28-21 vote Tuesday, sending it to the House.

The bill’s sponsor cited President Donald Trump’s refusal to release his own returns during the 2016 presidential campaign, a break from several decades’ tradition.

The bill would make submitting five years’ tax returns to the Secretary of State a requirement for getting on either the primary or general election ballot as a candidate for president or vice president, and would direct the Secretary of State to post them publicly.

Critics warned that the measure would start a costly court battle.

Dozens of states have introduced similar legislation in recent years.

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