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Sen. Novelle Francis Jr. gavels to order Monday’s Committee of the Whole hearing. (Photo by Chaunte Herbert, V.I. Legislature)

Senate Sends 26 Measures to Governor for Final Approval

During a robust day full of agenda items, the Committee of the Whole voted to pass two board nominations, two lease agreements, six rezoning requests, four coastal zone management requests and 12 additional bills.

Gun Violence Measure Fails to Pass Committee

The Senate Rules and Judiciary Committee was divided Thursday on whether to move forward a bill that requests $200,000 to establish the Virgin Islands Office of Gun Violence Prevention under the Office of the Governor, or to table the discussion altogether.

Senators Weigh Up Rezoning, Lease Proposals

Senate President Novelle Francis Jr. called the rezoning and lease agreements senators discussed at a Committee of the Whole hearing as matters of economic prosperity. Voting on the items will happen at a future full Senate session, but senators expressed support for most of the measures.
Michael and Veronica Boyce testified remotely to the senators. (Screenshot)

Commercial and Condo Proposal on STX East End Gets Warm Reception

Michael and Veronica Boyce want to develop the eight acres they own on the east end of St. Croix to build between 80 and 100 condominiums.

Senate Extends State of Emergency and Passes Several Bills

Senators donned face masks during Thursday’s session, which was ripe with overridden vetoes and passed legislation, including a bill that extends the territory's state of emergency from May 12 to July 11, 2020.
Sen. Marvin Blyden’s motion to allow senators to attend the session remotely failed to get a second. (Image from V.I. Legislature video stream)

Unusual Senate Friday Spawns Press Releases Saturday

On Friday, the Senate unanimously approved four nominations from the governor. Senate President Novelle Francis Jr. said the candidates had been vetted through appearances at committees of jurisdiction and the Rules and Judiciary Committee.
Sen Alicia Barnes (V.I. Legislature photo)

Residents Are Urged to Pay Bills, But There May Be Relief

“If you can pay your bills, pay them,” is the message coming from Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. and Sen. Alicia Barnes. However, they also called for protection against drastic actions, like being evicted from your home or having your power disconnected.

Testifiers Butt Heads with Lawmakers Over WAPA and PSC Board Expertise

Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority and Public Services Commission officials opposed two bills that would set minimum criteria of educational requirements for board members of each board.
The Rules and Judiciary Committee gather on Thursday to discuss nine different bills. (Photo Barry Leerdam, USVI Legislature)

Eight Bills Moved Forward, Two Held in Committee

Senators of the Rules and Judiciary Committee moved eight bills forward on Thursday, holding two additional bills in the committee for further discussion. Three of the approved bills focused on government responsibility and appropriation of funding.
Sen. Novelle Francis Jr. listens during Wednesday’s hearing of the Committee of the Whole. (Photo by Jonelle-Alexis Jackson)

Senators OK Almost 50 Nominations for Regulatory Bodies

Senators convened Wednesday and approved 46 nominees for various governmental boards, committees and commissions, which ultimately could help with the territory’s history of meetings that can't do business because they lack a quorum.

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