CA TAKES ANOTHER SHOT AT KEEPING TRUMP OFF BALLOT

The CALIFORNIA Legislature has passed a bill (SB 27) that would require candidates for president to release five years’ worth of tax returns before their name could appear on the state’s primary ballot. The measure is similar to one passed by the state’s lawmakers in 2017 (SB 149), which was vetoed by then-governor Jerry Brown because he doubted its constitutionality. But unlike the 2017 measure, SB 27 also applies to gubernatorial candidates, which Gov. Gavin Newsom’s (D) has suggested could be enough to earn his support. (SANTA BARBARA INDEPENDENT, LEXISNEXIS STATE NET)

DA’S OFFICE CASHES IN ON CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM IN LA

According to a lawsuit brought last year by the leadership of Rapides Parish, LOUISIANA, in 2017 the district attorney’s office for the parish took in $2.2 million in fees from pretrial intervention (PTI) - a common criminal justice reform program that allows nonviolent offenders to get their charges dropped by paying money - which the office reportedly used for office supplies, computers and “fringe” expenditures, among other things. That sum is over 10 times more than the previous DA had generated each year in PTI fees. (POLITICO)

PA GOV VETOES FUNDING FOR VOTING MACHINE UPGRADES

PENNSYLVANIA Gov. Tom Wolf (D) vetoed a bill (SB 48) this month that would have provided $90 million to help the state’s 67 counties upgrade their voting machines before the 2020 presidential race. The veto comes about a year after the governor said his administration would decertify all of the state’s existing voting machines and require counties to purchase new ones. (YORK DAILY RECORD, PATRIOT-NEWS [HARRISBURG])

 

-- Compiled by KOREY CLARK