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Jerry Brown spikes Trump tax return bill

November 23 2017, 08:32 | Irvin Gilbert

Greg Nash

Calif. governor blocks plan to force Trump to release tax returns

Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego), said in a statement.

The Gender Recognition Act streamlines the process for Californians to apply to change their gender markers, and creates a nonbinary gender category on California birth certificates, drivers' licenses, identity cards, and gender-change court orders. "Brown for recognizing how hard it can be for our transgender, nonbinary, and intersex family members, friends, and neighbors when they don't have an ID that matches their gender presentation", the bill's co-author Sen. The veto by Brown, a Democrat who himself did not release his tax records while running for governor in 2010 and 2014, could be seen as a setback for California Democrats and advocates of open government, the website Politico reported.

But Gov Jerry Brown vetoed the measure, warning that it might be unconstitutional - a conclusion also drawn by an official state analysis - and worrying about spurring "an ever escalating set of differing state requirements for presidential candidates". Scott Wiener, D-San Francisco, in this file photo from September 14, 2017, in Sacramento, Calif. SB179 by Atkins and Wiener was signed by Gov. In response to litigation, the state prison system has paid for an inmate's gender reassignment surgery and adopted policies allowing cosmetics, bras and personal items corresponding to an inmate's gender identity.

He also blocked a bill that would have prohibited churches, religious schools and other religious organizations from firing or disciplining employees for having an abortion, using birth control or receiving in vitro fertilization.

Advocacy group Equal Rights Advocates also expressed disappointment, but pledged to work with Brown's office to strengthen state laws to protect students involved in sexual assault cases. Brown said nonreligious employers have always been barred from taking such actions, and the state Department of Fair Employment and Housing should handle any disputes. The measure would have required all presidential candidates to disclose five years of income tax information to qualify for the California ballot.

Veto notwithstanding, Mr Brown is no ally of Mr Trump. Brown signed the other effort-a bill that would move California's primary to early March-into law last month.

"Today we require tax returns but what would be next?" "It is time to pause and survey the land", Brown said. The rest were vetoed.



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