Anderson votes to allow tax deductions for illegal activities
Sacramento Bee (2006)
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Assembly Republicans were faced with a dilemma of their own. Assemblyman Charles Calderon, D-Whittier, had a bill that would have banned taking tax deductions for expenses incurred as a result of any illegal activity. Currently, deducting expenses for some crimes, such as pimping or bookmaking, is illegal. But it's OK for other crimes, such as bilking senior citizens or defrauding insurance companies.
Reeps didn't want to appear sympathetic to criminals, but they also have a blood oath to oppose anything that looks, smells or sounds like a tax increase. So they took the expedient route: All but one of them (Joel Anderson of Alpine, who voted no) declined to vote at all. The bill, which required 54 votes, failed on a 46-1 vote.