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Politics in Brief - July 15 2019

NY ENACTS LAW ALLOWING ACCESS TO TRUMP’S TAX RETURNS

NEW YORK Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo (R) signed a bill last week that will allow the U.S. House Ways and Means Committee, the U.S. Senate Finance Committee and the Joint Committee on Taxation to access the President Trump’s New York state tax returns for any “specified and legitimate legislative purpose.” It was unclear whether the Trump administration would take legal action against the new law or if the congressional committees would make use of it, with some congressional Democrats fearing that could hinder their efforts to obtain the president’s federal returns. (NEW YORK TIMES)

 

ABSENTEE BALLOTS RECEIVE MORE LEEWAY IN GA

GEORGIA election officials will no longer be able to throw out absentee ballots because of minor errors like a missing birth year or address, as a result of an election bill (HB 316) passed by the state’s General Assembly in March, resolving a pair of federal lawsuits. Election officials rejected almost 7,000 absentee ballots in November due to such infractions. (ATLANTA JOURNAL-CONSTITUTION)

 

GA APPEALS COURT UPHOLDS LEGISLATURE’S EXEMPTION FROM OPEN RECORDS LAW

GEORGIA’s Court of Appeals ruled that documents maintained by the General Assembly and its offices are not subject to the state’s Open Records Act. The Institute for Justice, the libertarian public-interest law group challenging the legislature’s exemption from the open records law, said it would appeal the decision to the state’s Supreme Court. (ATLANTA JOURNAL-CONSTITUTION)

 

NV DEMS TO HOLD TELE-CAUCUS

NEVADA’s state Democratic Party will allow voters to choose their preferred presidential candidate by phone in the West’s first nominating contest next year. Voters registered by Nov. 30 will have to sign up for the tele-caucus between Jan. 1 and Jan. 15 and then call in with their selections on Feb. 16 or Feb. 17. (NEVADA INDEPENDENT [LAS VEGAS])

-- Compiled by KOREY CLARK