Bill Details - HB440 (2019)

HB 440 - AS INTRODUCED

 

 

2019 SESSION

19-0714

11/10

 

HOUSE BILL 440

 

AN ACT relative to disclosure of federal tax information as a condition of eligibility for federal office.

 

SPONSORS: Rep. Read, Rock. 17; Rep. Vann, Hills. 24; Rep. Horrigan, Straf. 6; Rep. Frost, Straf. 16; Rep. J. Schmidt, Hills. 28; Rep. King, Hills. 33

 

COMMITTEE: Election Law

 

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ANALYSIS

 

This bill requires candidates for federal office to disclose federal tax information to be eligible for federal office and requires that information be made available to the public.

 

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Explanation: Matter added to current law appears in bold italics.

Matter removed from current law appears [in brackets and struckthrough.]

Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.

19-0714

11/10

 

STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

 

In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Nineteen

 

AN ACT relative to disclosure of federal tax information as a condition of eligibility for federal office.

 

Be it Enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court convened:

 

1  New Section; Nominations; Nominations by Primary; United States Senator and United States Representative.  Amend RSA 655 by inserting after section 19-c the following new section:

655:19-d  Additional Requirements for United States Senator and Representative to Congress.

I.  In addition to other requirements imposed by this subdivision, candidates for United States senator and representative to Congress shall submit to the secretary of state a certified and complete copy of that candidate's federal income tax returns for the 3 most recent years, as well as written consent to the secretary of state for public disclosure of such returns.  The candidate or the candidate's staff may redact the candidate's federal income tax returns to remove personally identifying information other than the candidate's name.  As used in this paragraph, "personally identifying information" includes social security numbers, home addresses, the employer identification numbers and street addresses of any businesses, and the preparer tax identification numbers and addresses of any paid tax return preparers.  At least 30 days before the relevant primary, the secretary of state shall publish on the secretary of state’s website all tax returns submitted pursuant to this section.  The names of candidates who decline to submit copies of income tax returns shall not appear on the primary ballot.

2  New Paragraph; Declaration of Candidacy for Presidential Nomination.  Amend RSA 655:47 by inserting after paragraph III the following new paragraph:

IV.  The candidate shall, before the filing deadline in paragraph II, submit to the secretary of state a certified and complete copy of that candidate's federal income tax returns for the 3 most recent years, as well as written consent to the secretary of state for public disclosure of such returns.  The candidate or the candidate's staff may redact the candidate's federal income tax returns to remove personally identifying information other than the candidate's name.  As used in this paragraph, "personally identifying information" includes social security numbers, home addresses, the employer identification numbers and street addresses of any businesses, and the preparer tax identification numbers and addresses of any paid tax return preparers.  At least 30 days before the relevant presidential primary, the secretary of state shall publish on the secretary of state’s website all tax returns submitted pursuant to this section.  The names of candidates who decline to submit copies of income tax returns shall not appear on the presidential primary ballot.

3  New Section; Candidates for Office of President and Vice-President of the United States.  Amend RSA 656 by inserting after section 4-a the following new section:

656:4-b  Candidates for Office of President and Vice-President of the United States.  Not later than the second Tuesday in September immediately preceding a general election, a candidate for the office of president or vice president shall file with the secretary of state a copy of his or her federal income tax returns, as defined in the United States internal revenue code, for the 3 most recent years, as well as written consent for public disclosure of such returns.  The candidate or the candidate's staff may redact the candidate's federal income tax returns to remove personally identifying information other than the candidate's name.  As used in this section, "personally identifying information" includes social security numbers, home addresses, the employer identification numbers and street addresses of any businesses, and the preparer tax identification numbers and addresses of any paid tax return preparers.  At least 50 days before the general election, the secretary of state shall publish on the secretary of state’s website any and all income tax returns submitted pursuant to this section.  The name of any candidate for president who declines to submit copies of income tax returns shall not appear on the general election ballot.

4  Presidential Electors.  Amend RSA 660:29 to read as follows:

660:29  Conduct.  The electors shall give their votes for president and vice-president of the United States in Concord on said day and shall proceed according to law. No presidential elector shall cast a vote for any person who failed to comply with RSA 656:4-b.

5  Effective Date.  This act shall take effect 60 days after its passage.

Docket

Date Status
Jan. 3, 2019 Introduced 01/03/2019 and referred to Election Law HJ 3 P. 14
Jan. 22, 2019 Public Hearing: 01/22/2019 11:00 am LOB 308
Feb. 6, 2019 Executive Session: 02/06/2019 10:00 am LOB 308
Feb. 27, 2019 Committee Report: Inexpedient to Legislate for 02/27/2019 (Vote 19-0; CC) HC 13 P. 7
Committee Report: Inexpedient to Legislate (Vote 19-0; CC)
Feb. 27, 2019 Inexpedient to Legislate: MA VV 02/27/2019 HJ 6 P. 9

Action Dates

Date Body Type
Jan. 22, 2019 House Hearing
Feb. 6, 2019 House Exec Session
House Floor Vote
Feb. 27, 2019 House Floor Vote

Bill Text Revisions

HB440 Revision: 4663 Date: Jan. 8, 2019, 9:13 a.m.