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V.I. Police Commissioner Trevor Velinor testifies about the department's proposed budget at a hearing Thursday. (Photo by Barry Leerdam, USVI Legislature)

Police Unions Call for Removal of V.I. Police Commissioner Velinor

In a letter to Gov. Albert Bryan Jr., members of three police unions signed an official notice of no confidence in the Virgin Islands Police Department Commissioner Trevor Velinor and called for his removal.

VIPD Condemns Weekend Shootings, Chastises Villa Owners for Parties

More Virgin Islands families were affected by gun violence over the weekend, and St. Thomas/St. John District Police Chief Steven Phillip said, "We need to stop the killing."

Senate Panel OKs Shoreline Access Bill Despite Constitutional Questions

A Senate committee on Friday approved by a 5-2 vote Bill No. 33-0108 which, if signed into law, would require owners of shoreline property to provide suitable public access.

Senate Panel OKs $375,000 for Beach Access Construction

The Youth, Sports, Parks and Recreation Committee advanced legislation on Tuesday that would, if signed into law, allocate $375,000 toward the construction of Americans with Disabilities Act-compliant ramps or walkways on at least two beaches in each island district.

Senate Extends State of Emergency By 60 Days

The V.I. Senate voted during Tuesday's legislative session to renew and extend the U.S. Virgin Islands state of emergency order by another 60 days due to the ongoing health crisis.

Lawmakers Push Plan to Develop Territory’s Agriculture

The V.I. Legislature took its first step Monday to creating a profitable and sustainable community-based agricultural program for U.S. Virgin Island farmers.

Rules Committee Advances Superior Court Nominees, 32 Budget Bills

The Rules and Judiciary Committee had a full day on Monday, advancing 32 budget bills and two nominees to six-year terms as judges of the Superior Court.

Legislature Forwards Bills and Nominees, Overrides Vetoes

The Legislature passed 17 bills and eight nominees for governing board positions during a Session Friday, as well as overriding four bills that had been vetoed by Gov. Albert Bryan Jr.

Legislature Rejects Another Anti-Corporal Punishment Bill

History repeated itself during Friday’s Legislative session, where once again prohibiting the use of corporal punishment in a school setting was struck down by legislators, this time by a 12-2 vote.

Rules and Judiciary Committee Forwards Three Bills to Full Senate

During a brief meeting of the Senate's Rules and Judiciary Committee hearing, three bills were forwarded to the full Senate while two others were removed from the agenda.





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