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Senators Hold Bill Targeting Pensions of Government Employee Felons

Though no testifiers were present at the Senate Rules and Judiciary Committee hearing Thursday, their submitted testimonies found Bill No. 33-0216 “too harsh” in terms of punishment for government employees who are convicted of certain felony offenses. The committee decided to hold the bill for further amendments and discussion.
In October, Valrica Miranda Maria Bryson listens while she's praised at the meeting of the Senate Committee on Culture, Historic Preservation, and Aging. (File photo by the USVI Legislature)

Senate Rules Panel OKs Honor for Beloved Music Instructor

Valrica Miranda Maria Bryson was honored Thursday by the Senate Committee on Rules and Judiciary, when senators approved a resolution hailing her contributions to the school system in the territory. The committee also sent to the full Senate two lease agreements.

Floating Businesses Expose Regulatory Loopholes, CZM Officials Say

Several testifiers shed light on the ongoing Department of Planning and Natural Resources permitting issues at Thursday’s Senate Rules and Judiciary Committee hearing, pointing out that projects like the floating bar Lime Out don’t require Major Land Permits vetted by the Coastal Zone Management Commission.

Dental Board Nominee Says V.I. Needs More Dentists

The Senate Rules and Judiciary Committee approved five nominees on Friday, moving the names on to full Senate, including the re-nominations of Virgin Islands Board of Medical Examiners nominee Dr. Mavis Matthew and Virgin Islands Board of Dental Examiners nominee Dr. Emmanuel Delano.
Sen. Janelle Sarauw said she couldn't sleep the night after touring some V.I. public schools, wondering 'What in the world are we doing to our students?" (V.I. Legislature photo)

Bill Would Require Teachers to be Trained for K-3

A bill that would require educators teaching kindergarten through third grade to meet specific early childhood education requirements was approved by the Senate Rules and Judiciary Committee Thursday and sent on to the full body Senate.
Dr. Laura Palminteri tells senators Tuesday that owners of race horses in the territory are in 'a difficult place.' (Photo by Barry Leerdam for the Legislature of the Virgin Islands)

Senate Committee Forwards Nine Nominees to Full Body

The Rules and Judiciary Committee on Thursday voted to move forward to the full body all nine nominees being considered for various medical, veterinary and management boards.
Sen. Janelle Sarauw chairs the Senate Committee on Rules and the Judiciary Wednesday. (Photo by Barry Leerdam for the USVI Legislature)

Rules Committee OKs 8 Nominees, Passes on 2 Others

The Senate Rules and Judiciary Committee rejected the nomination of Vincent Joseph to serve on the Government Employees Retirement System Board of Trustees and Edward Foerstal to serve on the Coastal Zone Management Commission.

Senators Hold Nelson’s Cannabis Board Nomination Over Possible Conflict of Interest

During Thursday’s Rules and Judiciary Committee hearing, Department of Agriculture Commissioner Positive Nelson's nomination to sit on the Virgin Islands Cannabis Advisory Board stalled because the committee deemed it a possible conflict of interest.
The three nominees for the Cannabis Advisory Board talk with Sen. Janelle Sarauw during the Rules and Judiciary meeting Friday. From left, Miguel Tricoche, Hugo Roller II, Catherine Keen. (Photo by Barry Leerdam for the USVI Legislature)

Rules Committee OKs Cannabis Advisory Board Nominees

Three nominees for the Cannabis Advisory Board, each of whom brings knowledge of various aspects of the marijuana industry, were unanimously approved by the Rules and Judiciary Committee and will move forward to the Committee of the Whole.
Trevor Velinor is sworn in before testifying before the Committee on Rules and the Judiciary. (Photo from LEGVI Facebook page)

Rules Panel OKs Velinor, Finch Nominations

The U.S. Virgin Islands Senate Rules Committee on Monday approved the nomination of Trevor Velinor for commissioner of the U.S. Virgin Islands Police Department and Christopher Finch for member of the board of the Juan F. Luis Hospital.

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