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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.
Casino Control Commission acting Chairman Usie Richards testifies before the Finance Committee meeting on Friday. (Photo by Barry Leerdam, V.I. Legislature)

Casino Control Commission Urges Government to Fill Vacancies

The Virgin Islands Casino Control Commission remains frustrated over the lack of an administration appointed nominee for the director position of the Division of Gaming Enforcement and the position of Casino Control Commission chairman.
Architect's drawing of a new Charlotte Amalie High School. (By the DLR Group)

Education Officials Say New Schools Territorywide Will Happen

The V.I. Department of Education wrapped up a series of virtual public meetings held on St. Thomas, St. Croix and St. John that aimed to garner community feedback about the master plan for the territory’s new schools.
Michael Francois, chairman of the Virgin Islands Board of Career and Technical Education, testifies virtually before the Senate Committee on Education and Workforce Development. (Screenshot)

What Happened to Vocational Education in Territory, Senators Ask

The Senate Committee on Education and Work Force Development voted Monday to forward legislation that, if ratified, would strengthen vocational programs and allow high school students to gain experience in their desired career field.
Department of Sports, Parks, and Recreation Commissioner Calvert White testifies during Thursday’s Finance Committee meeting. (Photo by Barry Leerdam, USVI Legislature)

Courts, Parks and Public Spaces Will Soon Receive a Facelift

Work on the U.S. Virgin Islands' parks and public spaces is in disarray, but Sports, Parks and Recreation Commissioner Calvert White told the Senate Finance Committee the department has obtained significant funding and is prepared to proceed – carefully.
The steps leading down into the Savan Playground and Park are overgrown and in disrepair. (Source photo Bethaney Lee)

Savan Playground and Park Remains in Shambles After Promised Renovation

Members of St. Thomas' Savan neighborhood are concerned about the condition of the Savan Playground and Park and frustrated over delays in its long-promised renovation.
USVI Department of Agriculture Commissioner Positive Nelson testifies virtually before the Rules and Judiciary Committee. (Screenshot of streamed session)

Rules Panel Forwards Nelson’s Cannabis Board Nomination

The Rules and Judiciary Committee on Friday forwarded the nomination for Virgin Islands Department of Agriculture Commissioner Positive Nelson to serve on the Cannabis Advisory Board.
Chair of the Committee on Finance Sen. Kurt Vialet leads Monday's discussions. (Photo by Barry Leerdam, USVI Legislature)

Panel Scrutinizes $60 Million Short-Term Loan for V.I. Government

The Senate Finance Committee on Monday worked on details for a potential $60 million lending agreement with FirstBank Puerto Rico and Banco Popular de Puerto Rico.
Committee of the Whole President Novelle Francis Jr. opens the day-long session focused on the proposed revision of the Cannabis Use Act. (Screenshot)

After 8-Hours of Debate, Senate Still Undecided on Cannabis Bill

Senators spent Friday scrutinizing a 60-page piece of legislation proposed by Gov. Albert Bryan that would revise the Virgin Islands Cannabis Use Act, but after eight hours debate the lawmakers were divided as to whether the measure was ready.

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