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Senate May Worsen GERS Unfunded Liability Again

Pension contribution increases for judges, justices and magistrates enacted in 2011 and 2015 will be rolled back, worsening GERS's unfunded liability, if a bill approved Thursday is enacted into law.

Senate Rejects Voter’s Request for Industrial Hemp

Rejecting the wishes of voters in a 2012 referendum, the Senate Rules and Judiciary Committee voted to kill legislation allowing the manufacture and processing of industrial hemp in the territory.

Self Determination Panel Slated in D.C.

Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Insular Areas Esther Kia’aina will host a panel discussion in Washington, D.C., on self determination in U.S. territories, including the Virgin Islands.

Territory May Impose Penalties on Crimes While Wearing Body Armor

It may become a felony to wear body armor while committing a crime if a bill sent on for a final vote Thursday is enacted into law. The Rules and Judiciary Committee approved the measure unanimously.

Mapp Announces St. Croix Capital Investment Projects to Chamber of Commerce

Gov. Kenneth Mapp captured attention Thursday with promises to build a four star hotel, a mid-island sports complex and racetrack, a Frederiksted stadium, to repair roads and more.

Mapp Nominates Usie Richards to Casino Control Commission

Gov. Kenneth Mapp on Thursday nominated former V.I. Sen. Usie R. Richards to serve as a member of the Virgin Islands Casino Control Commission, Government House announced.

Elections Board Moves Towards Defunding Primary Election

The St. Croix Elections Board shuffled voters to more convenient polling sites, they said, and continued to move closer to defunding primary elections during their regular meeting Wednesday.

Special Education Federal Grant Application Available for Public Review and Comment

The Virgin Islands Department of Education’s State Office of Special Education (SOSE) informs the public that copies of the Division’s FFY 2016 IDEA Part B Federal Grant Application are now available for public review in both school districts over the next 60 days.

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.





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