From the Morning Memo:

California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Tuesday signed into law a measure that would require President Donald Trump to release his tax returns or fail to qualify for the state’s primary ballot next year.

The law is the latest attempt by Democratic state officials to force the disclosure of the president’s taxes, which he so far has refused to do.

New York lawmakers this year took a different track: Empowering the House Judiciary and Ways and Means committees to access the state tax filings of New York elected officials.

The New York measure is being challenged in federal court by the president and the California law is most likely to face a legal challenge as well.

But Sen. Brad Hoylman, who has proposed multiple laws aimed at making the president’s taxes public, says New York shouldn’t give up on the issue.

“If we’ve learned anything from President Trump’s election, it’s that the political norms we take for granted in America can be shattered in an instant if they aren’t enshrined in law,” Hoylman said. “Trump broke forty years of political tradition by refusing to release his tax returns, denying voters essential information on potential conflicts of interest as well as his financial well-being and how much he gave to charity.”

It’s fallen on state lawmakers to take up these issues given the political divide in Congress, Hoylman said. He pressed his colleagues to take up a similar measure like the one approved in California that would disqualify candidates from appearing on the ballot unless they make their tax returns public.

“I encourage my colleagues in the New York State Legislature to act promptly and vote to pass S.32-A as soon as we return to Albany,” he said.

The 2020 legislative session begins in January.