‘Stand Up To Trump’ Bills Advance In New York State Assembly

May 15, 2019

Two bills that challenge President Donald Trump and his policies are advancing in the New York State Assembly.

Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie says Democrats in his house are ready to act on a measure to amend New York’s double jeopardy laws to give state prosecutors the right to pursue cases against potential crimes committed in New York, even if the person is pardoned by the president.

“There’s enough support to pass double jeopardy,” Heastie told reporters Tuesday. “It will be on the agenda next week.”

Assembly Majority Leader Crystal Peoples-Stokes says there’s support for a bill that would authorize the state tax department to provide the president’s state income tax returns to congressional committees who are conducting investigations. Trump is a lifelong resident of New York and many of his businesses are headquartered in the state.

“They are ready to move on this,” Peoples-Stokes said.