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Senate Panel OKs Bill to Straighten Out JFL Property Funding

A V.I. Senate committee resolved an obstacle to purchasing property for the Gov. Juan F. Luis Hospital when they realized that the original bill identified the wrong funding source.

Senate Begins Reviewing Bryan’s Plan to Reform Mental Health in USVI

Members of the Senate Committee on Health, Hospitals, and Human Services on Friday began reviewing a mental health bill submitted by Gov. Albert Bryan Jr.

Rules Committee OKs Six Nominations

The Senate Rules and Judiciary Committee moved six nominations forward to the full Senate on Thursday. 

Territorial Recreation Plan Marks Step Toward Annual Funding

The V.I. Department of Sports, Parks and Recreation is creating a Territorial Comprehensive Outdoor Recreational Plan that Commissioner Calvert White told lawmakers is the initial step to securing annual funding for recreational projects throughout the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Senators Move to Close Loophole in Gas Station Moratorium

A bill adding to a measure already signed into law that created a five-year moratorium on business licenses for gas stations was approved by a legislative panel on Tuesday.

FEMA Lifts Drawdown Restrictions on V.I. Disaster Recovery Funds

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has gained confidence in the Government of the Virgin Islands to spend the territory’s expected $8 billion in disaster recovery funds, and as of Jan. 29 has lifted the manual drawdown restrictions imposed after a federal audit.

Territory Has Spent Over Half of Issued CARES Act Funding

The U.S. Virgin Islands has expended over half of its $546 million in CARES Act funding issued subsequent to the COVID-19 outbreak, Office of Management and Budget Director Jenifer O'Neal told the Senate Finance Committee Tuesday.

Police: Violent Crimes Have Increased in the USVI During Pandemic

With the world still in the thralls of the COVID-19 pandemic, and people tucked away in their homes and many children barred from classrooms, crime appears to have flourished in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

BIR Says Sending COVID Checks Will Take Over A Month

The Virgin Islands Bureau of Internal Revenue has sent out an initial 10,000 COVID relief checks, but BIR Director Joel Lee told lawmakers Tuesday it will be more than a month before the process is complete.

Judge Denies Governor’s Motion Aimed to Stall New Law

Superior Court Judge Sigrid Tejo last week rejected Gov. Albert Bryan Jr.'s request for a temporary restraining order against the Virgin Islands Government Hospital and Health Facilities Corporation.

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