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Senate: Government Operations, Consumer Affairs, Energy, Environment and Planning
October 3, 2019 @ 9:00 am
9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Bill No. 33-0103 — An Act amending the following provisions of the Virgin Islands Code:
(1) Title 3, chapter 25, subchapter VI, by adding a new section 583d providing for maternity, paternity and adoption leave for government employees;
(2) Title 19, part I, chapter 7, by adding new sections 154, 155 and 156 providing for learning evaluation of children, postpartum care and minimum standards of health care for incarcerated women and men; (3) Title 19, part IV, chapter 37, subchapter II, section 831(a), by establishing a new procedure for obtaining an initial birth certificate;
(4) Title 17, chapter 11, section 130 and title 17, chapter 9, subchapter I, section 87, by prohibiting the use of corporal punishment; and
(5) Title 17, chapter 9, subchapter I, by adding a new section 86a providing for paid time off from work so that parents may visit their children’s schools; and providing that certain health care facilities hire discharge planners not later than January 2020 (Sponsored by Sen. Janelle K. Sarauw)
Bill No. 33-0105 — An Act amending Title 12, chapter 21, Virgin Islands Coastal Zone Management by:
(1) updating the chapter to reflect the current name of the department,
(2) increasing the term and per diem of members of the Coastal Zone Management Commission, modifying some of the standards for the issuance of coastal zone permits,
(3) modifying some of the requirements for the issuance of permits for the development or occupancy of trust lands or other submerged or filled lands, and
(4) decreasing the time-period for filing an appeal with the Board of Land Use Appeals and decreasing the time-period within which the Board of Land Use Appeals must hold a public hearing on an appeal (Sponsored by Senators Alicia V. Barnes, Marvin A. Blyden, Kurt A. Vialet, Janelle K. Sarauw, Steven D. Payne Sr. and Javan E. James Sr.)
1:30 – 5 p.m.
Bill No. 33-0091 — An Act amending Title 27, chapter 9, subchapter 1, section 303b and section 307 of the Virgin Islands Code by requiring that businesses post the required labor law posters in a conspicuous place inside the business, and if there is more than one site, then at all locations. In section 307, specific penalties are assessed for multiple violations in a given year and an appeal process is set in place for any business that is penalized. (Sponsored by Senator Stedmann Hodge Jr.)
Bill No. 33-0127 — An Act posthumously honoring and commending the men and women who lost their lives while serving in the United States Armed Forces; naming the roundabout road circle located in downtown Cruz Bay, St. John “ The Veterans Circle;” and appropriating $20,000 to the Virgin Islands Council on the Arts to commission a monument in memory of veterans. (Sponsored by Senator Athneil “Bobby” Thomas)