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NorthJersey.com staff writers Charlie Stile and Ashley Balcerzak discuss the revised budget Gov. Murphy unveiled Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2020.

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Thousands of state inmates who have spent the coronavirus pandemic behind bars could soon be released under a bill lawmakers sent to Gov. Phil Murphy on Thursday.

A busy voting day at the Statehouse in Trenton largely focused on passing the $32.7 billion state budget, which is now awaiting Murphy’s signature by Oct. 1. But there are several other high-profile bills also headed to the governor’s desk, which ban plastic and paper bags, give certain military members a tax break, and shore up nursing homes ravaged by the coronavirus. Here’s what passed Thursday.

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Inmate releases

One bill, S2519/A4235, would release, by some estimates, up to 3,000 inmates and juveniles from state custody.

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