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Rules OKs Cigarette Tax Increase and Cigar Factory Smoking Exemption

The Senate Rules and Judiciary Committee OK'd a proposed increase in the V.I. cigarette tax along with measures to allow smoking in 'cigar factories' and require job discrimination complaints be filed within 180 days of when discrimination is discovered.

Two PSC Nominees Move On For Final Approval

Raymond Williams and David Hughes got the nod for a spot on the V.I. Public Services Commission Tuesday during a hearing of the Senate Rules and Judiciary Committee.
Gov. Kenneth Mapp

Mapp Asking For $1 Million For Hotel Studies

Gov. Kenneth Mapp delivered a bill to the Legislature Friday to fund the professional services and reports related to development and financing of a hotel project on St. Croix.

Casino Control Commission Approves Downtown Casino License

On Friday, for just the second time in it’s 20-year existence, the V.I. Casino Control Commission approved a license to operate a casino on St. Croix, extending a one-year certificate to operate slot machines in the Hotel Caravelle in Christiansted.

Senate Bill Targets Jet Ski Owners

p>The Senate is considering a bill, sponsored by Sen. Justin Harrigan, that would make it illegal to operate a jet ski or sailboard close to shore and increase the fines DPNR is able to impose up to $1,000. 

Governor’s-Residence Measure Becomes Law

A bill directing the West Indian Company to buy property next to Government House on St. Thomas for the governor's residence and take the cost out of WICO's back taxes has become law without Gov. Kenneth Mapp's signature. 

DLCA Protects Consumers by Conducting Surveys on Food and Gas Prices

The Department of Licensing and Consumer Affairs, (DLCA) continues to monitor the prices being charged to consumers by gas and essential commodity retail businesses such as grocery stores and supermarkets, to name a few.

Funding Still Needed For Homeless Programs, Waste Management

A successful program for the chronically homeless may get shut down if funding cannot be found; and the territory is facing fines if it cannot close St. Croix's Anguilla landfill.

Senate Considers Updating 1921 Petit Larceny Law

 The threshold for petty larceny versus grand larceny, set at $100 sometime between 1921 and 1941, will be increased to $500 if a bill before the Legislature is enacted into law.

Rules Committee Passes Designated Caregiver Bill

 The Senate Rules Committee Wednesday sent to the full Senate a bills requiring the territory's hospitals to allow a patient to designate a caregiver upon admission to give that person information on what care is needed after they leave.

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STT-STJ AG FAIR -- on St. Thomas, connecting farmers and the fruits of their labors with the
public. Bordeaux Farms Pavillion provided the venue, although the traditional host, University of the Virgin Islands, is eager for a reunion.
The AG FAIR is an opportunity for shoppers to pick up meats and veggies for the Thanksgiving table. Chef Ashley Allen staged a turkey carving demonstration, followed by a turkey tasting.
An appreciative crowd formed an audience for a dance troupe and tips on composting, plus a contest to see who could quickly light a coalpot.
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