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Senators on Friday agreed with Police Commissioner Trevor Velinor Friday that gun violence in the territory must decrease and more guns have to be stopped at the point of entry. They just did not agree with all his methods.
A legal wrangle over who is head of the Republican Party of the U.S. Virgin Islands deprived the territory of a chance to cast a vote in the roll call last week at the Republican National Convention.
The Republican National Committee's Committee on Contests Wednesday stepped into the debate whether John Canegata or Gordon Ackley is the chairman of the Republican Party of the United States Virgin Islands. Its conclusion, “Neither.”
The recent spike of COVID-19 cases in the territory has caught the attention of national media.
Agriculture Commissioner Positive Nelson told senators Tuesday it is time the government prioritizes the expansion of Agriculture for the benefit of farmers, families, the community at large and the V.I. economy.
Sen. Janelle Sarauw asked why the Government Employees' Retirement System of the Virgin Islands kept a consultant firm on contract for seven years when all she heard from the consultant was the system needed “a significant infusion of cash.”
Gwendolyn Hall Brady, director of the Division of Banking, Insurance and Financial Regulation, and Dolace McLean, general counsel for the Office of the Lt. Governor, presented a scenario to senators Tuesday they said happens too often.
Walking into the casino in Christiansted on St. Croix or the Parrot Club in Cruz Bay, it would not be odd to see most of the gambling done by locals instead of tourists.
The territory’s economy is in such a state that at a meeting of the Senate Finance Committee Tuesday Sen. Athneil Thomas asked the governor’s financial team which actions might be less devastating, not which might be good.
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.