LANSING, Michigan — State Senator Steve Bieda (D-Warren) has introduced Senate Bill 216 which would require presidential candidates, along with their vice-presidential running mates, to submit their five most recent federal and state income tax returns to the Michigan secretary of state, who would make the tax returns publicly available online.
“The citizens of Michigan and the American people deserve to know what potential conflicts of interest a presidential candidate and their running mate have, and these potential conflicts can be made clear by turning this federal precedent into state law. The Office of the President is not a private business, it is an office of public service,” Senator Bieda stressed.
If presidential candidates and their running mates fail to submit their five most recent years of federal and state income tax returns, they would not be listed as candidates in the presidential election in Michigan.
If enacted into law, presidential candidates and their running mates would be required to submit their five most recent years of federal and state income tax returns 60 days prior to election day.
These candidate would also give the Michigan Secretary of State their consent to make their tax returns public. In turn, the Michigan Secretary of State would post the returns online 30 days prior to election day.
Senator Bieda has also introduced Senate Bill 64 that would require financial disclosure by state and local elected officials.