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Derek Muller quoted in Presidential Tax Form Legislation articles

October 13, 2017 | By Kylie Larkin -- Professor Derek Muller has been quoted in two recent articles regarding proposed California legislation, the Presidential Tax Transparency and Accountability Act, that would require presidential candidates to release five years of their income tax returns in order to appear on the California ballot.

Excerpt from "Legislation that requires candidates' tax forms hits Gov. Jerry Brown's desk" -- San Francisco Chronicle

Another law professor, Derek Muller of Pepperdine University, said in a New York Times opinion column criticizing the tax-disclosure measures, that "the Supreme Court has repeatedly held that states can't use the ballot as a political weapon."

The complete article is at www.sfchronicle.com

Excerpt from "Can California Force Presidential Candidates to Release Tax Returns?" -- KQED News

"It might be a truthful piece of information that voters would like to know for some candidates, but you can't put a thumb on the scale against candidates who you disfavor," said Derek Muller, a professor at Pepperdine University School of Law.

The complete article is at ww2.kqed.org