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Senate Committee Recommends Medical Policy Changes; Tables PSC Bill

Sen. Novelle Francis Jr. said on Thursday that the Committee on Rules and Judiciary served as a “clearing house for legislation” and an opportunity to “self-correct.”

Senate Moves to Honor Coast Guard Pilot Ronaqua Russell

The U.S. Coast Guard recognized Virgin Islander Ronaqua Russell for her rescue efforts during Hurricane Harvey in 2017 by presenting her with the Air Medal. Senators on the Committee on Rules and Judiciary moved to take the recognition further Thursday.

Senator Questions Claims of Success at Corrections Bureau

Wynnie Testamark, director of the Bureau of Corrections, told lawmakers about a year of successes at the bureau, but some lawmakers had a different view.

Bryan Signs 23 Bills From Final Senate Session, Vetoes Six

Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. on Monday signed into law 23 bills forwarded to him from the 33rd Legislature’s last session held on Dec. 11, 2020, and vetoed six others.

Senate Pulls Cannabis Bill from Agenda After Dispute Over Amendment

The V.I. Senate on Wednesday pulled from its agenda a 90-page cannabis bill that would expand the legalization of medicinal cannabis.

Senate Appropriates Funds To Remove King Christian IX Bust

The 33rd Legislature is not finished with the year 2020. On Friday the senators were in session for more than six hours, during which they approved many nominations and forwarded them to the governor.

Bills on Mortgages, Front-End Engineering and PSC Sent to Gov.

A bill designed to make estimates for projects more accurately reflect the actual cost was among the measures passed on Friday by the V.I. Legislature and forwarded to Gov. Albert Bryan Jr.

Senators Critical of Absenteeism, School-Opening Plans

Members of the Senate Committee on Education and Work Force Development told Department of Education officials Friday they should be doing more about students who haven't been taking part in remote learning.

Beach Accessibility Bill Advances, Brings Beaches Closer to ADA Compliance

The Senate Committee on Rules and Judiciary advanced legislation at its Thursday hearing that, if signed into law, would bring the territory’s beaches closer to compliance with the federal Americans with Disabilities Act.

Senators Say ‘No’ to Refinancing Funds for GERS

Senators on Tuesday heard hours of detailed testimony on a bill terminating one Matching Fund Securitization Corporation and creating another, then said "no" to the proposal.

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