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New York Senate expected to pass bill allowing lawmakers to see Trump's state tax returns
The New York State Senate is expected to pass a bill on Wednesday that would allow congressional committees to request President Trump's New York state tax returns.
State Sen. Brad Hoylman (D) told The New York Times on Tuesday that the upper chamber had enough votes to advance the bill Wednesday.
The legislation would loosen restrictions surrounding private tax information and allow the commissioner of the New York Department of Taxation and Finance to release state tax returns requested by the leader of one of three U.S. congressional committees.
The committees are the House Ways and Means Committee, the Senate Finance Committee and the Joint Committee on Taxation.
The bill's expected passage comes amid escalating tensions between the Trump administration and Democrats over the president's tax returns. Trump broke long-standing precedent during his 2016 campaign by refusing to release his tax returns.
"The news of yesterday makes New York's role even more crucial," Hoylman told the Times.
The senator added on Twitter that New York had an opportunity to "aid Congress in the lawful exercise of its oversight responsibilities."
The Times noted that Trump's state tax returns in New York could disclose virtually the same information as federal tax forms.
If the legislation passed, lawmakers could request corporation taxes, real estate transfer taxes and personal income taxes as long as they were for a "specific and legitimate legislative purpose."
The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment from The Hill.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) signaled his support for the legislation after it was introduced in April in the Democratic-led state legislature. Hoylman has denied that the push to pass the legislation was partisan, saying "what's at stake here is the prerogative of legislative oversight."