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Legislators Take First Step Toward New STX Police Station

Legislators advanced a bill Friday that acts as the first step towards creating a new police department building in Frederiksted, St. Croix.

Legislators Attempt to Combat Tire Disposal Dilemma

The U.S. Virgin Islands has struggled with tire disposal for over a decade, with countless reports of discarded tires showing up in mangroves, tucked into lush island vegetation and piled high in back streets.

Committee Moves to Increase Fines for Price Gouging

A V.I. Senate committee on Friday unanimously forwarded a bill that would make raising prices on goods or services during a state of emergency a misdemeanor that could result in a fine between $1,000 and $5,000 per infraction.
Delegate to Congress Stacey Plaskett, upper left, is joined by Carlos Escobar, Dr. Miguel LaPuz, Patrick Farrell and Mark Takano joined for a virtual veteran’s town hall meeting. (Screen capture)

VA Primary Care Improves During COVID-19 Outbreak

The Department of Veterans Affairs has been improving the primary care of island veterans through rapid testing, securing emergency transportation with air ambulances, and activating the Heritage Health Solutions Contract.

Panel OKs Bill to Curtail ‘Chaos,’ Prevent Sinking, Lopsided Capital Projects

A measure to curtail what the bill’s author called “a recipe for chaos,” when government agencies manage capital improvement projects, was approved Thursday by a Senate committee.

Senators Criticize Carambola Sale, Want More Experienced GERS Board

The Senate Committee on Government Operations, Consumer Affairs, Energy, Environment and Planning OK’d a bill Thursday that would require board members of the Government Employees Retirement System to have greater financial expertise.

Comprehensive Land and Water Use Plan Could Finally Be Coming

A long awaited and heavily debated comprehensive land and water use plan for the territory may be on the horizon after decades of discussion and controversy.
Sen. Alicia Barnes chairs the hearing at which the bill honoring veterans was advanced.. (Photo by Alvin Burke for the USVI Legislature)

Senators OK Monument, Roundabout Name to Honor Vets

The Senate's Government Operation Committee voted Thursday to advance a measure honoring veterans from the U.S. Virgin Islands by naming a St. John roundabout “The Veterans Circle” and appropriating $20,000 to the V.I. Council of the Arts for the commission of a monument.
Commissioner of the Department of Labor Gary Molloy testifies before an October hearing. (File photo)

Senators OK Bill Mandating Businesses Display Labor Law Posters

The Senate Committee on Government Operations, Consumer Affairs, Energy, Environment and Planning on Thursday unanimously moved forward a bill that would mandate businesses post a series of labor law posters in visible locations in their establishments.

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