The California State Capitol building in Sacramento on April 18, 2022. (John Fredricks/The Epoch Times)

California Democrats appear to be using the Jan. 6 hearings in Washington D.C. as a catalyst to push legislation aimed at targeting the tax-exempt status of patriot groups in the state. The legislation suggests these groups might pose a threat of “insurrection.”

Senate Bill 834 would authorize state Attorney General Rob Bonta to review non-profit groups and refer cases to the California Franchise Tax Board to possibly remove their tax-exempt status supposedly to protect against “insurrection.”

The bill, authored by Sen. Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco), would empower the attorney general to determine whether or not a non-profit organization “has actively engaged in, or incited the active engagement in, acts or conspiracies” and require the attorney general to notify the California Franchise Tax Board—the state equivalent of the IRS—to revoke the tax-exempt status of any organization found to be in violation.

An inside source in the California legislature told The Epoch Times, that the bill would grant too much power to the attorney general and could be used to weaponize the California Franchise Tax Board against patriot groups.

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