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V.I. Sports Commission May Gain Committee Members

The Senate Committee on Youth, Sports, Parks and Recreation unanimously advanced legislation on Monday that, if enacted, would add two more members to the Virgin Islands Sports Commission – something not all testifiers were in favor of.

Both Districts Report Progress Toward Building Sports Complexes

Both the U.S. Virgin Islands Olympic Committee and the V.I. Housing Finance Authority told senators on Monday about the progress on building multipurpose sports complexes that would double as storm shelters on St. Thomas and St. Croix.

Legislators Take First Step Toward New STX Police Station

Legislators advanced a bill Friday that acts as the first step towards creating a new police department building in Frederiksted, St. Croix.

AG: Child Support and Paternity Hearings Have Ground to a Halt

Despite the abilities of the V.I. Supreme and Superior Courts to conduct virtual hearings, child support and paternity hearings have halted since the pandemic hit in March, Attorney General Denise George told the Senate Finance Committee on Thursday.

Canvassing Has Increased Tax Collection Rates, BIR Director Says

The Virgin Islands Bureau of Internal Revenue’s collection rates are up this fiscal year, with a 7 percent increase in total revenue collections and a 20 percent increase in outstanding balance collections compared to the 2019 fiscal year, said BIR Director Joel Lee.

V.I. Courts Launch Electronic Filing System

Amid a myriad of pandemic-related challenges, Chief Justice Rhys Hodge announced at Wednesday’s Senate Finance Committee hearing that, on Aug. 31, the V.I. judicial branch launched a long-awaited electronic filing system for the Superior Court and Supreme Court.

Housing Finance Authority: $19 Million Spent of Nearly $2 Billion Recovery Grant

Virgin Islands Housing Finance Authority Executive Director Daryl Griffith told senators on Wednesday that "recovery is a marathon," as he relayed “the incredible amount of bureaucracy” that goes into managing and spending nearly $2 billion in disaster grant funding.

Street Level VI Announces Musical Jingle Competition

Street Level VI, a forum that supports local musicians, has announced a jingle competition open to all U.S. Virgin Island residents in which the winner will receive a $500 gift certificate as a prize.

Senate Passes Heavily Amended GERS Bail Out Bill

The governor’s proposed bill that aims to bail out the Government Employees' Retirement System was passed by the Legislature at a Friday special session, the culmination of Thursday’s Finance Committee hearing that moved into special session before being recessed.

Split Finance Committee OKs Pension Bail Out Bill With Hesitations

The Senate Finance Committee on Thursday narrowly advanced Gov. Albert Bryan Jr.'s bill that aims to bail out the Government Employees' Retirement System by securitizing the territory’s Matching Fund debt.

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