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The Latest: NY Senate OKs giving US House Trump state return

May 8, 2019
State senators considers legislation, Wednesday, May 8, 2019, at the Capitol in Albany, N.Y., that authorizes state tax officials to release, if requested, individual New York state tax returns to Congress. The bill now goes to the Democrat-led state Assembly after the Democrat-controlled Senate easily passed it. (AP Photo/Tim Roske)

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The Latest on the New York state Senate voting to allow congressional investigators to access President Donald Trump’s state tax returns (all times local):

1:25 p.m.

New York’s Senate has approved legislation that would allow congressional investigators to get access to President Donald Trump’s state tax returns, giving Democrats a potential end-run around the administration’s refusal to disclose his federal returns.

The bill that passed Wednesday would authorize state tax officials to release any state returns filed in New York if requested by any of three congressional committees.

The measure isn’t scheduled for a vote yet in the state Assembly. Both the House and Assembly are led by Democrats

An alternative proposal that wasn’t brought up for a vote would have applied only to returns only filed by select officeholders.

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin has declined to disclose Trump’s federal returns to the House, saying the request “lacks a legitimate legislative purpose.”

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This story has been corrected to show the bill applies to all New Yorkers, not just seven types of state and federal officeholders.

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1:05 p.m.

Members of the New York state Senate have approved legislation designed to ensure that a presidential pardon doesn’t cover similar criminal charges filed at the state level.

The Democrat-led chamber passed the bill Wednesday. It was crafted to eliminate an unintended loophole in the state’s double jeopardy law that prosecutors say could undermine the state’s ability to prosecute anyone pardoned by President Donald Trump.

New York Attorney General Letitia James had sought the legal tweak. Supporters said it is necessary to ensure that state and local investigations into Trump and his associates aren’t impacted if Trump uses his power to pardon.

The state Assembly has not scheduled a vote on the bill.

New York’s senate is poised to approve a bill that would allow congressional investigators to get access to President Donald Trump’s state tax returns.

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5:45 a.m.

New York’s senate is poised to approve a bill that would allow congressional investigators to get access to President Donald Trump’s state tax returns, giving Democrats a potential end-run around the administration’s refusal to disclose the president’s federal returns.

The bill up for a vote Wednesday would authorize state tax officials to release any state returns filed in New York if requested by any of three congressional committees.

The measure isn’t scheduled for a vote yet in the state Assembly.

An alternative proposal would apply only to returns only filed by select officeholders.

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin has declined to disclose Trump’s federal returns to the Democratic-controlled House, saying the request “lacks a legitimate legislative purpose.”

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This story has been corrected to show the bill would apply to all New Yorkers, not just seven types of state and federal officeholders.