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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.

Assembly panel will weigh ban on menthol cigarettes ahead of planned F.D.A. ban

By: - June 2, 2022

An Assembly panel on Thursday will weigh whether to ban menthol cigarettes, alongside other new restrictions on tobacco sales and nicotine products. The bill (A1989), sponsored by Burlington County Democrats Assemblywoman Carol Murphy and Assemblyman Herb Conaway, would amend a 2008 law that banned flavored cigarettes but exempted those with clove or menthol flavors. “Menthol’s […]

Lawmaker wants elected officials’ home addresses kept under wraps

By: - June 1, 2022

The Assembly’s second-highest-ranking Democrat wants to shield elected officials’ and political candidates’ home addresses from disclosure to the public. A bill sponsored by Assembly Majority Leader Lou Greenwald (A4094) would require New Jersey’s records custodians to redact the home addresses of elected officials and candidates seeking elected office from public documents, a proposal that closely […]

Non-disparagement agreements in discrimination suits not barred by state law, judges rule

By: - May 31, 2022

Though New Jersey in 2019 banned the use of non-disclosure agreements in cases involving workplace issues like harassment and retaliation, non-disparagement agreements remain on the table, an appellate panel ruled Tuesday. The decision stems from an interview former Neptune Township police sergeant Christine Savage gave to NBC New York in 2020, after she and the town […]

Few firearm restrictions in states sending crime guns to N.J.

By: - May 30, 2022

Inspired by a pair of deadly mass shootings, New Jersey lawmakers and Gov. Phil Murphy have called on Congress and states with laxer gun laws to enact new regulations on firearms. New Jersey’s gun laws are among the nation’s strictest, but the same can’t be said of neighboring Pennsylvania and other states along the eastern […]

Republican budget calls for permanent tax cuts amid surging revenue

By: - May 27, 2022

Senate Republicans released a budget proposal Thursday that calls for $8 billion in tax relief using excess revenue the state is projected to collect in the current and coming fiscal year. Many of their proposals appear to create recurring increases in spending and structural tax reductions that may necessitate spending cuts or tax hikes in […]

Bill to OK early vote counting is temporarily torpedoed by Senate absences

By: - May 26, 2022

A measure that would have allowed election officials to count early votes before the polls close on Election Day failed to advance Thursday after opposition from Republicans and a single Democrat. The bill stalled after a 20-16 vote in the upper chamber but was pulled from the agenda without the voting period being closed, a […]

Governor Murphy renews call for more gun control following Texas massacre

By: - May 25, 2022

In the wake of the deadly attack at a Texas elementary school Tuesday, Gov. Phil Murphy again urged action on legislators to advance a stalled package of gun control measures. His proclamation follows a similar call issued last week after 10 people were killed by a white supremacist gunman in Buffalo. Tuesday’s attack left 21 […]

Assembly panel advances bill package aimed at lowering drug prices

By: - May 25, 2022

Over the objections of business and industry groups, an Assembly panel approved a package of bills meant to rein in prescription drug prices after a roughly four-hour hearing Tuesday. The bills include measures that would require increased reporting from sectors of the health care industry, cap out-of-pocket costs for certain prescriptions, and create a board […]

Republican budget plan calls for updated tax brackets

By: - May 24, 2022

Assembly Republicans want New Jersey to go big on tax relief using a voluminous surplus fueled by better-than-expected tax collections in the current and coming fiscal years. On a press call Tuesday, they pitched direct payments to consumers to offset high inflation, tax bracket tweaks that would account for more than two decades of inflation, […]

N.J. Supreme Court among country’s most diverse. That’s not saying much

By: - May 24, 2022

Even with multiple seats vacant, New Jersey’s Supreme Court is among the most diverse in the nation, but its diversity still lags behind that of its citizenry, according to a new report. A study released Friday by the Brennan Center for Justice found nine states have more diverse supreme courts than New Jersey. That figure […]

Governor Murphy wants state workers automatically enrolled in student loan forgiveness program

By: - May 24, 2022

New Jersey’s state workers should be automatically enrolled in a federal student loan forgiveness program, Gov. Phil Murphy said Monday. The governor announced the tentative plan alongside federal education officials during a roundtable at the College of New Jersey on the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program, which has a history of underperformance. Murphy said his […]

Woman fired for posting anti-Black Lives Matter comments loses appeal

By: - May 20, 2022

A company that fired an employee after she criticized the Black Lives Matter movement online did not break the law, an appellate panel ruled Friday. Heather McVey sued the AtlantiCare and Geisinger health systems, alleging the First Amendment did not allow them to fire her because of her Facebook posts. But the appellate judges’ Friday […]