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 to weigh tax credits for hiring people recovering from drug addiction

By: - June 8, 2022

Assembly lawmakers will weigh a bill Thursday encouraging businesses to hire individuals recovering from drug addiction. The measure would provide businesses with gross income tax credits of up to $2,000 for each worker recovering from drug addiction, with the size of the award depending on how many hours an eligible employee works. “We have to […]

Senate panel approves tax credits, grants to shore up child care

By: - June 7, 2022

Lawmakers on the Senate Health Committee on Monday unanimously approved bills that would establish tax credits for child care, extend child care subsidies to more families, and establish grant programs to boost enrollment in early childhood education. The moves come as New Jersey continues to struggle amid a shortage of child care workers and as its economy […]

Police licensure inches closer to law after favorable committee vote

By: - June 3, 2022

The Assembly Law and Public Safety Committee advanced a bill Thursday that would require licensure for New Jersey’s police officers in a near-unanimous vote to plaudits from police unions, the state attorney general, and civil rights advocates. The committee approved the bill, which advocates from all sides said would improve police accountability and professionalism, in […]

Critics say menthol cigarette ban would increase policing of Black communities

By: - June 2, 2022

A proposed statewide ban on menthol cigarettes would increase policing of Black communities, cost New Jersey revenue, and enable black market cigarette sales, critics of the plan told lawmakers Thursday. The bill, which supporters say would make cigarettes less attractive for young people and lead to a decline in smoking, comes as the Federal Drug Administration […]

Bill advances that would bar discrimination in home appraisals

By: - June 2, 2022

A Senate panel advanced a bill Thursday that would bar real estate appraisers from lowering a home’s appraised value because of the race of the owner or buyer, and create steep penalties for those who run afoul of the safeguards. Supporters say the bill, sponsored by Sen. Nellie Pou (D-Passaic), is a bid to bridge […]

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 […]