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Maryland Senate passes a bill requiring presidential candidates to release tax returns

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Maryland Senate passes a bill requiring presidential candidates to release tax returns (Photo: MGN Online)

WASHINGTON (Sinclair Broadcast Group) -- The Maryland Senate has passed a bill that would require any candidate running for President to release their tax returns. Failure to do so would mean the candidate wouldn't be allowed on the state's ballot.

This new bill was inspired by President Trump - who didn't release his returns while campaigning in 2016. Trump became the first president not to release their returns since Gerald Ford in 1976.

The Baltimore Sun reports there were two attempts to delay the vote to a later date but they were both rejected by Senate President Mike Miller.

Sen. James Brochin, a Democrat from Baltimore County, Md., said that it is not fair to "make up rules" just because "we don't like the president of the United States."

“Show me in the Constitution where it says that’s a qualification for being president of the United States,” Brochin said.

Minority Whip Stephen Hershey expressed the same sentiment to the Baltimore Sun saying, "this is the most childish bill that I've ever seen and I'm embarrassed that it's on the floor."

Sen. Paul Pinsky was one of the Democrats who sponsored the bill. He told the Associated Press that he believes people "should have that information."

"We should know if a president could potentially be compromised or manipulated," Pinsky said.

The bill is moving to a Democrat controlled House of Delegates. Gov. Larry Hogan has not responded as to whether he supports the bill or not. Governors in California and New Jersey have previously vetoed similar bills.