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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.

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.

Amended Shoreline Access Bill Answers Some Questions – But Not All

At a Senate hearing last week, a bill mandating owners of shoreline properties to provide public access to the shore was forwarded to the Rules and Judiciary Committee despite several looming questions, some of which have now been answered by amendments. 

Senate Panel OKs Shoreline Access Bill Despite Constitutional Questions

A Senate committee on Friday approved by a 5-2 vote Bill No. 33-0108 which, if signed into law, would require owners of shoreline property to provide suitable public access.

Port Authority Opposes Free Parking Bill for STJ’s Gravel Lot

Legislation that would mandate the Enighed Pond Gravel Lot offer free parking was held in the Senate Committee on Government Operations, Consumer Affairs, Energy, Environment and Planning Friday after being contested by Port Authority Executive Director Carlton Dowe.

Senate Extends State of Emergency By 60 Days

The V.I. Senate voted during Tuesday's legislative session to renew and extend the U.S. Virgin Islands state of emergency order by another 60 days due to the ongoing health crisis.

Legislature Votes to Sever Its Salary from Lowest-Paid Commissioner’s

In a unanimous vote, Virgin Islands senators on Tuesday severed their salaries from that of the lowest-paid executive branch commissioner, currently the Sports, Parks and Recreation commissioner.

Lawmakers Push Plan to Develop Territory’s Agriculture

The V.I. Legislature took its first step Monday to creating a profitable and sustainable community-based agricultural program for U.S. Virgin Island farmers.

Stricken Bill Could Mean Automatic Raises for Senators

Senators were faced with the choice on Wednesday to untie their salaries from the lowest-paid executive branch commissioner, who is due for a raise in 2021. An amendment to untie the salaries was added to an unrelated measure on the importation of non-indigenous creatures, but senators voted to strike the bill from the agenda.

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