Senate Bill #2612 (2018)

AN ACT RELATING TO ELECTIONS - PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES

Requires all candidates for United States President and Vice President file copies of their last five (5) years of federal income tax returns with the state board of elections no later than fifty (50) days prior to the general election.

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  • 2018 – S 2612
  • 2018 – S 2612 SUBSTITUTE A
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  • LC004224
  • LC004224/SUB A/2
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  • S T A T E O F R H O D E I S L A N D
  • IN GENERAL ASSEMBLY
  • JANUARY SESSION, A.D. 2018
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  • A N A C T
  • RELATING TO ELECTIONS - PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES
  • S TATE OF RHODE IS LAND
  • IN GENERAL ASSEMBLY
  • JANUARY SESSION, A.D. 2018
  • ____________
  • A N A C T
  • RELATING TO ELECTIONS - PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES
  • Introduced By: Senators Goldin, Miller, Goodwin, Lynch Prata, and Euer
  • Date Introduced: March 01, 2018
  • Referred To: Senate Judiciary
  • It is enacted by the General Assembly as follows:
  • It is enacted by the GeneralAssembly as follows:
  • SECTION 1. Chapter 17-4 of the General Laws entitled "Federal Elective Officers" is hereby amended by adding thereto the following section:
  • 17-4-13. Disclosure of federal income tax returns.
  • (a) Not later than fifty (50) days before a general presidential election all candidates for president or vice president shall:
  • (1) File with the state board of elections a copy of their federal income tax returns as defined in 26 U.S.C. § 6103(b)(1) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, for at least the five (5) most recent taxable years for which a return has been filed with the Internal Revenue Service; and
  • (a) Not later than sixty-three (63) days before a presidential preference primary, as provided in § 17-12.1-8 all candidates for presidential nomination shall:
  • (1) File with the state board of elections a copy of their federal income tax returns as defined in 26 U.S.C. § 6103(b)(1) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, for at least the five (5) most recenttaxable years for which a return has been filed with the InternalRevenue Service; and
  • (2) Provide written consent to the state board of elections in such form as shall be prescribed by the state board of elections for the public disclosure of such returns pursuant to this section.
  • (b) Federal income tax returns filed with the state board of elections pursuant to this section shall be made publicly available on the board's website no later than seven (7) days after such filed income tax returns have been filed subject to redaction as authorized by § 17-4-13(c).
  • (c) Prior to making any federal income tax returns public, the state board of elections shall redact such information contained in the returns as deemed needed in consultation with the state tax administrator and state director of revenue as deemed needed.
  • (d) Presidential candidates who fail to comply with the disclosure regulations of this section shall not appear on the official general election ballot.
  • SECTION 2. This act shall take effect upon passage. ======== LC004224 ========
  • EXPLANATION
  • BY THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL
  • OF
  • A N A C T
  • RELATING TO ELECTIONS - PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES
  • (d) Presidential candidates who fail to comply with the disclosure regulations of this section shall not appear on the official presidential primary ballot.
  • (e) Not later than sixty-three (63) days before a general presidential election all candidates for president and vice-president shall comply with the requirements of § 17-4-13(a)1- 2. Candidates for president and vice president who fail to comply with the disclosure regulations of this section shall not appear on the official generalelection ballot.
  • SECTION 2. This act shalltake effect upon passage. ======== LC004224/SUB A/2 ========
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  • EXPLANATION
  • BY THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL
  • OF
  • A N A C T
  • RELATING TO ELECTIONS - PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES
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  • This act would require all candidates for United States President and Vice President file copies of their last five (5) years of federal income tax returns with the state board of elections no later than fifty (50) days prior to the general election. The board would redact the returns as needed and would post the returns on its website.
  • This act would take effect upon passage. ======== LC004224 ========
  • This act would require all candidates for United States President and Vice President file copies of their last five (5) years of federalincome tax returns with the state board of elections no later than the preceding July 15 prior to the general election. The board would redact the returns as needed and would post the returns on its website.
  • This act would take effect upon passage. ======== LC004224/SUB A/2 ========
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Votes

NOTE: Electronic voting records are unofficial and may not be accurate. For an official vote tally, check the House or Senate Journal from the day of the vote.

Floor vote for Passage

June 19, 2018 at 6:40pm
Yeas: 34 / Nays: 3 / Not voting: 0 / Recused: 0
Legislator Vote
Sen. Algiere Y
Sen. Archambault Y
Sen. Calkin Y
Sen. Cano Y
Sen. Ciccone Y
Sen. Conley Y
Sen. Cote Y
Sen. Coyne Y
Sen. Crowley Y
Sen. DaPonte Y
Sen. DiPalma Y
Sen. Euer Y
Sen. Felag Y
Sen. Fogarty Y
Sen. Gallo Y
Sen. Gee Y
Sen. Goldin Y
Sen. Goodwin Y
Sen. Jabour Y
Sen. Lombardi Y
Sen. Lombardo Y
Sen. Lynch Prata Y
Sen. McCaffrey Y
Sen. Metts Y
Sen. Miller Y
Sen. Morgan N
Sen. Nesselbush Y
Sen. Paolino N
Sen. Pearson Y
Sen. Picard Y
Sen. Quezada Y
Sen. Raptakis N
Sen. Ruggerio Y
Sen. Satchell Y
Sen. Seveney Y
Sen. Sheehan Y
Sen. Sosnowski Y