New York’s Democratic-controlled Legislature passed on Wednesday a bill that would allow the state’s tax authority to hand over the president’s tax returns to three Congressional Committees, according to the New York Times.
Trump’s state tax returns are expected to contain much of the information included in his federal returns, which the president has fought to keep out of public view since the first day of his term.
The bill is expected to be signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo, a staunch critic of the president.
Republican officials are already gearing to challenge the law, which they will seek to cast as an unconstitutional “bill of attainder” aimed at a single person, according to the New York Times.
Steven M. Rosenthal of the Brookings Tax Policy Center told the Times that while “the Legislature was motivated by Donald Trump’s current refusals,” the bill is written broadly enough to avoid the “bill of attainder” accusation.
Brian Galle, a law professor at Georgetown University Law School, agreed the bill is unlikely to be interpreted as a bill of attainder, a designation that has been interpreted very narrowly by courts.
The bill is the last in a string of laws in Albany directed against the president. On Tuesday, the state’s Assembly passed a bill that aims to curve Trump’s reported abuse of his pardon power to protect his former business associates.