Who filed it? Senator Mike Barrett – way to go, Mike.
Who co-sponsored it? [If your rep or senator did – call and say thank you and that you hope is passes; if they didn’t, ask if they will vote for it and that you support it. If they say no – ask them why not! With this many sponsors, and NOT requiring funding – I will be shocked and disappointed if this does not pass – but yes, lots of phone calls do help.
Here is the online link to the legislation so you can download it, and confirm its contents if you wish: https://malegislature.gov/Bills/190/SD98
Here is the link to find their phone numbers; House: https://malegislature.gov/Legislators/Members/House
State Senate: https://malegislature.gov/Legislators/Members/Senate
The Senator who is the lead sponsor and filer – Michael J. Barrett,Third Middlesex
Co-Sponsers: Denise Provost,27th Middlesex; Chris Walsh,6th Middlesex;Jason M. Lewis,Fifth Middlesex;Ruth B. Balser,12th Middlesex;
Barbara A. L’Italien,Second Essex and Middlesex;Linda Dean Campbell,15th Essex;Harriette L. Chandler,First Worcester;Jay R. Kaufman,
15th Middlesex;Alice Hanlon Peisch,14th Norfolk;Lori A. Ehrlich,8th Essex;Cory Atkins,14th Middlesex;Mark C. Montigny,Second Bristol;James B. Eldridge,Middlesex and Worcester;Sonia Chang-Diaz,Second Suffolk;Patricia D. Jehlen,Second Middlesex;James Arciero,
2nd Middlesex;Carmine L. Gentile,13th Middlesex;Thomas M. Stanley,9th Middlesex;Paul R. Heroux,2nd Bristol;Eileen M. Donoghue,First Middlesex;Jack Lewis,7th Middlesex;Frank I. Smizik,15th Norfolk;Kenneth I. Gordon,21st Middlesex;John W. Scibak,2nd Hampshire;Kay Khan,11th Middlesex;Thomas M. McGee,Third Essex;John J. Lawn, Jr.,Middlesex; Christine P. Barber,34th Middlesex,Edward F. Coppinger;
10th Suffolk,Colleen M. Garry,36th Middlesex;Mary S. Keefe,15th Worcester,Jennifer E. Benson,37th Middlesex;Josh S. Cutler,6th Plymouth,Julian Cyr,Cape and Islands;Harold P. Naughton, Jr.,12th Worcester;Carolyn C. Dykema,8th Middlesex;Sal N. DiDomenico,
Middlesex and Suffolk;Stephen Kulik,1st Franklin;Natalie Higgins,4th Worcester;Kenneth J. Donnelly,Fourth Middlesex;Jay D. Livingstone,8th Suffolk;Jeffrey N. Roy,10th Norfolk;Sean Garballey,23rd Middlesex;Cynthia S. Creem,First Middlesex and Norfolk;
David M. Rogers,24th Middlesex;Jonathan Hecht,29th Middlesex;Elizabeth A. Malia,11th Suffolk;Michelle M. DuBois,10th Plymouth;
Gailanne M. Cariddi,1st Berkshire;Jennifer L. Flanagan,Worcester and Middlesex;SD
SECTION 1. Section 8 of chapter 53 of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2014 Official Edition, is hereby amended by inserting after the word “filing”, in line 25, the following words:- “, unless the candidate named does not submit tax returns to the state secretary pursuant to section 123 of this chapter”.
SECTION 2. Section 70E of chapter 53 of the General Laws, as so appearing, is hereby amended by adding at the end thereof the following three sentences:-
Notwithstanding the other provisions of this section, any candidate or potential candidate for the office of president of the United States whose name is set to appear on the presidential primary ballot pursuant to this section shall, no later than five o’clock post meridian on the thirty-first of December, submit to the state secretary a certified and complete copy of that candidate or potential candidate’s federal income tax returns, as defined in section 6103(b)(1) of the United States internal revenue code, for the three most recent available years, as well as written consent to the state secretary for public disclosure of such returns. At least thirty days before the relevant presidential primary, the state secretary shall publish on the state secretary’s website all tax returns submitted pursuant to this section. The names of candidates or potential candidates who decline to submit both said income tax returns and a statement of financial interests filed pursuant to section 5 of chapter 268B shall not appear on the presidential primary ballot.
SECTION 3. Chapter 53 of the General Laws, as so appearing, is hereby amended by adding the following section:-
Section 123. Not later than the second Tuesday in September immediately preceding a general election, a candidate for the office of president or vice president whose electors have been certified pursuant to section 6 or section 8 of this chapter, shall file with the state secretary a copy of his or her federal income tax returns, as defined in section 6103(b)(1) of the United States internal revenue code, for the five most recent available years, as well as written consent to the state secretary for public disclosure of such returns. At least fifty days before the general election, the state secretary shall publish on the state secretary’s website any and all income tax returns submitted pursuant to this section. The name of any candidate for president who declines to submit both said income tax returns and a statement of financial interests filed pursuant to section 5 of chapter 268B shall not appear on the general election ballot.
SECTION 4. Section 148 of chapter 54 of the General Laws, as so appearing, is hereby amended by inserting after the second sentence the following sentence:-
No presidential elector shall cast a vote for any person who failed to comply with section 123 of chapter 53 or section 5 of chapter 268B of the General Laws.
SECTION 5. Section 5(a) of chapter 268B of the General Laws, as so appearing, is hereby amended by adding the following sentence:-
Every candidate for president or vice president of the United States shall file a statement of financial interests for the preceding calendar year with the commission at least thirty days before the presidential primary.
SECTION 6. The provisions of this act shall be deemed severable. If any part of this act shall be adjudged unconstitutional or invalid, such judgment shall not affect other valid parts thereof.
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