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NY push to reveal Trump's state tax returns expected to pass state senate

Senate leadership say efforts will pass Wednesday

(CNN) - Democratic efforts in New York state to enable the release of President Donald Trump's state tax returns are expected to pass the state Senate Wednesday, according to Senate leadership.

Mike Murphy, spokesperson for Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, told CNN on Tuesday that he predicts the bill will pass.

"This President and his administration have repeatedly shown a true hostility to the rule of law and Presidential customs," Stewart-Cousins said in a statement that was provided by Murphy. "No person is above the law and New Yorkers, as well as all Americans, deserve transparency from their elected officials at every level of government."

If made law, the bill will allow the state's tax commissioner to hand over any New York tax returns at the request of the US House of Representatives Ways and Means Committee, the US Senate Finance Committee or the Joint Committee on Taxation.

The Democratic leader of the US House Ways and Mean Committee has submitted a request to the IRS for Trump's federal tax returns. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin rejected that request on Monday afternoon.

A companion bill winding its way through the New York State Assembly is currently before that chamber's Ways and Means Committee.

The proposed legislation must pass both chambers before ending up on Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo's desk. Cuomo's office told CNN last week that he supports the bill.

The state Senate's floor session is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesday.


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