RELEASING TAX RETURNS: Presidential candidates — including President Trump if he runs for reelection — would have to publicly release their federal income tax returns to be on the ballot in Maryland, under a bill that received an initial nod from the state Senate on Thursday. The preliminary approval followed a long debate that largely centered around the 45th president, Ovetta Wiggins of the Post reports.
Senators gave the measure preliminary approval Thursday. The bill could receive final Senate approval next week, after which it would go to the House, Brian Witte of the AP reports.
The Democratic majority in the Maryland Senate moved forward a bill on Thursday that would require presidential candidates to release their federal income tax returns to the Maryland State Board of Elections before a general election. The elections board would, in turn, make the returns public and online
SCHOOL SECURITY DUSTUP: Maryland Democrats slammed Gov. Larry Hogan on Thursday for a lack of urgency in addressing what they called a school security “crisis,” Bruce DePuyt of Maryland Matters reports. They said his decision to tie new schools safety funding to an administration proposal dealing with casino revenues represented a failure of leadership, given that legislative leaders have derided Hogan’s “lockbox” proposal as being a pale copy of their own. “It’s beyond disappointing,” said Sen. Bill Ferguson of Baltimore City.