Loss For California's Tax Return Law

The Latest: California defends tax return law after setback

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September 19, 2019 - 6:10 pm

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) —   California's elections chief says he believes a state law requiring presidential candidates to release their tax returns is constitutional despite a legal setback.

California Secretary of State Alex Padilla's comments Thursday come after a federal judge sided with the Trump campaign in its request to halt the law.

The law requires presidential candidates to release five years of tax returns to appear on the state's March 2020 primary ballot.

Padilla says California will determine its next steps after the judge issues his written ruling next month. U.S. District Judge Morrison England Jr. said he expects an appeal.

Trump attorney Jay Sekulow says he's encouraged by England's decision to halt the law.

Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom signed the law aimed at forcing President Trump to reveal his tax returns. He has said they are under audit and refuses to release them.

California's primary is scheduled for March 2020, and candidates would have to turn over five years of tax returns to the state by November to be on the ballot.

Trump's campaign asked the judge to halt the law from taking effect while the legal case plays out. It argues the law violates the Constitution by adding another requirement to run for president.