SENATE DOCKET, NO. 98        FILED ON: 1/11/2017

SENATE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 365

 

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

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PRESENTED BY:

Michael J. Barrett

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To the Honorable Senate and House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in General
Court assembled:

The undersigned legislators and/or citizens respectfully petition for the adoption of the accompanying bill:

An Act restoring financial transparency in presidential elections.

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PETITION OF:

 

Name:

District/Address:

 

Michael J. Barrett

Third Middlesex

 

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 and Plymouth

 

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

1/13/2017

Paul R. Heroux

2nd Bristol

2/2/2017

Eileen M. Donoghue

First Middlesex

1/18/2017

Jack Lewis

7th Middlesex

1/20/2017

David Paul Linsky

5th Middlesex

5/2/2017

Frank I. Smizik

15th Norfolk

1/24/2017

Kenneth I. Gordon

21st Middlesex

1/24/2017

John W. Scibak

2nd Hampshire

1/24/2017

Kay Khan

11th Middlesex

1/25/2017

Thomas M. McGee

Third Essex

1/25/2017

John J. Lawn, Jr.

10th Middlesex

1/25/2017

Christine P. Barber

34th Middlesex

1/30/2017

Edward F. Coppinger

10th Suffolk

1/30/2017

Colleen M. Garry

36th Middlesex

1/30/2017

Mary S. Keefe

15th Worcester

1/31/2017

Jennifer E. Benson

37th Middlesex

1/31/2017

Josh S. Cutler

6th Plymouth

2/1/2017

Julian Cyr

Cape and Islands

2/1/2017

Harold P. Naughton, Jr.

12th Worcester

2/2/2017

Carolyn C. Dykema

8th Middlesex

2/2/2017

Sal N. DiDomenico

Middlesex and Suffolk

2/2/2017

Stephen Kulik

1st Franklin

2/2/2017

Natalie Higgins

4th Worcester

2/3/2017

Kenneth J. Donnelly

Fourth Middlesex

2/3/2017

Jay D. Livingstone

8th Suffolk

2/3/2017

Jeffrey N. Roy

10th Norfolk

2/3/2017

Sean Garballey

23rd Middlesex

2/3/2017

Cynthia Stone Creem

First Middlesex and Norfolk

2/3/2017

David M. Rogers

24th Middlesex

2/8/2017

Jonathan Hecht

29th Middlesex

2/3/2017

Elizabeth A. Malia

11th Suffolk

2/3/2017

Michelle M. DuBois

10th Plymouth

2/3/2017

Gailanne M. Cariddi

1st Berkshire

2/6/2017

Jennifer L. Flanagan

Worcester and Middlesex

2/8/2017

Solomon Goldstein-Rose

3rd Hampshire

3/22/2017

Marjorie C. Decker

25th Middlesex

3/31/2017

Peter V. Kocot

1st Hampshire

4/25/2017

Joseph A. Boncore

First Suffolk and Middlesex

5/8/2017

Cindy F. Friedman

Fourth Middlesex

8/9/2017

Walter F. Timilty

Norfolk, Bristol and Plymouth

10/17/2017

 



SENATE DOCKET, NO. 98        FILED ON: 1/11/2017

SENATE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 365

By Mr. Barrett, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 365) of Michael J. Barrett, Denise Provost, Chris Walsh, Jason M. Lewis and other members of the General Court for legislation to restore financial transparency in presidential elections.  Election Laws.

 

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

 

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In the One Hundred and Ninetieth General Court
(2017-2018)

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An Act restoring financial transparency in presidential elections.

 

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:
 

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.