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Tue Feb 14, 2017, 06:16 AM

Oregon lawmakers introduce bill requiring presidential candidates to disclose their tax returns

SALEM - Legislation being introduced Monday to the Oregon House of Representatives would keep Donald Trump off the state's 2020 ballot unless he releases his tax returns.

The bill -- sponsored by the Democrat-majority House Rules Committee, which is chaired by House Majority Leader Jennifer Williamson, D-Portland -- would require presidential candidates appearing on Oregon's ballot or voters' pamphlet to provide the Secretary of State with copies of their federal income tax returns for the previous five years.

It's similar to proposals circulating in other solid-blue states. California, New York, Hawaii, Massachusetts, Maine and New Mexico all have had comparable bills introduced in their legislatures.

Under Oregon's bill, presidential candidates would also have to provide written consent that their income tax returns can be made public through the secretary of state's website. The bill also applies to vice presidential candidates.

Read more: http://www.oregonlive.com/politics/index.ssf/2017/02/oregon_lawmakers_introduce_bil_2.html

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