The New York state legislature has advanced legislation that would allow Congress to obtain President Trump’s state tax returns, sending the measure to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s (D) desk.
The state assembly on Wednesday passed the bill, as well as an amendment that narrows the scope of whose state tax returns could be requested by Congress. The state senate, which passed the bill earlier this month, also approved the amendment on Wednesday.
State lawmakers supporting the bill say that Cuomo is expected to sign it. A spokesman for the governor told The Wall Street Journal that Cuomo would review the legislation before determining whether to sign it.
The legislation, as amended, would authorize the New York commissioner of taxation and finance to provide to the chairmen of Congress’s tax committees the state tax returns of public officials, including the president, vice president, top executive branch officials, members of New York’s congressional delegation and state and local officials.
The congressional committees’ requests have to specify that the tax returns they are requesting are related to a “legitimate task” of Congress, and they have to also have requested related federal tax returns from the Treasury Department.
The original version of the bill would have allowed the chairmen of Congress’s tax committees to request any New Yorker’s state tax returns, and the amendment limits whose returns could be sought.
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