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Nikita Biryukov

Nikita Biryukov

Nikita Biryukov most recently covered state government and politics for the New Jersey Globe. His tenure there included revelatory stories on marijuana legalization, voting reform and Rep. Jeff Van Drew's decamp to the Republican Party. Earlier, he worked as a freelancer for The Home News Tribune and The Press of Atlantic City.

Panel OKs bill expanding minors’ access to mental health services without parental consent

By: - February 23, 2024

The bill would lower age at which minors can consent for temporary outpatient mental and behavioral services from 16 to 14.

Bill would allow more minors to access mental health services without parental OK

By: - February 21, 2024

The measure would allow minors as young as 14 to seek mental and behavioral health services without parental consent, from 16 under current law.

Tammy Murphy opposes stalled Newark power plant

By: - February 20, 2024

The proposed gas-firing storm resiliency plant has been on hold pending an environmental review for two years.

Tammy Murphy taps Medicare for all to tout progressive credentials in U.S. Senate race

By: - February 19, 2024

The First lady focuses on a loved by progressives in an apparent bid to overcome attacks over her Republican history.

Senate panel backs larger tax hikes in towns facing school aid cuts

By: - February 16, 2024

The bill would allow towns facing aid cuts in the current or coming school year to exceed the 2% cap on property tax hikes.

Challenge to Rutgers vaccine rules fails on appeal

By: - February 16, 2024

An appellate panel reaffirmed a lower court decision that found plaintiffs had filed to meet any of the bars needed to support their claim.

New Jersey bill to revamp tax sale law is likely unconstitutional, experts say

By: - February 16, 2024

New Jersey, like most other states, is seeking to revamp its tax sale system after a May ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court that bars the taking of home equity.

Republican Senate candidates hope Menendez charges can end party’s 52-year losing streak

By: - February 14, 2024

Top Republican challengers see an opportunity in incumbent's indictments and a Democratic fracas over the primary process.

New Jersey faces steep deficits in coming years, group warns

By: - February 13, 2024

The state would face multi-billion-dollar deficits even under the most optimistic projections drafted by a budget group at the Sweeney Center for Public Policy.

Affordable housing overhaul gets Assembly OK, but journey not over

By: - February 12, 2024

The Assembly approved in the bill in a party-line vote, but the legislation is likely to see more, possibly limited, changes.

Assembly panel backs expansion of family leave job protections

By: - February 8, 2024

Industry groups worry about the bill’s impact on the state’s smallest businesses, while supporters say the bill should go further.

Amid rise in antisemitism, N.J. assemblyman targets doxxing, swatting

By: - February 8, 2024

No New Jersey statute specifically targets doxxing, the practice of releasing others' personal information to threaten harm.