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Acting Deputy Chief of Police Operations David Cannonier testifies Monday on two traffic bills. (V.I. Legislature photo)

Senate Forwards Stay Left and Driving Under the Influence Bills

The U.S. Virgin Islands is known for its laid-back attitude toward the consumption of alcohol. However, senators and members of the V.I. Police Department are concerned that that attitude might be too costly to continue.
A cannabis bud (Image from the Wikimedia Commons)

Nominees for Cannabis, Chiropractic and Other Boards Move to Senate

Experience as law enforcement officers may have curbed the enthusiasm of Sens. Novelle Francis Jr. and Kenneth Gittens for the potential relaxation of medical marijuana laws. Francis said Wednesday, though he questioned the laws, he was bound to follow them.

Bills on Negligent Homicide, Molasses Pier Advance to Full Senate

On Wednesday the Rules and Judiciary Committee moved four bills with favorable recommendations to the full Senate without a “nay” vote, including bills to form a Medicare fraud unit and an increase in punishment for negligent homicide.

Child Marriage Bill Has Momentum

A bill to close the loophole permitting men to avoid rape charges by marrying their victims appears to be moving on the fast track, passing through the Senate’s Committee on Youth, Sports, Parks and Recreation on Tuesday and through the Rules and Judiciary Committee on Thursday.

Probate Court Swallows Small Inheritances; Senators Want it to Stop

The question for senators at a Committee on Rules and Judiciary hearing Thursday was not whether the legal system should be changed so more residents can avoid probate, but how much it should change.
Adrian Taylor, acting executive director V.I. Waste Management Authority, told senators why garbage has piled up at bin sites. (File photo by Barry Leerdam for the V.I. Legislature)

Senators Grill WMA Director About Why Garbage Hangs Around

V.I. Senators presented Waste Management Authority acting Executive Director Adrian Taylor with photographs of garbage and sitting water, insisting that something be done about illegal dumping.

Bill Mandating Speedy Business Licenses Moves Forward

The Committee on Government Operations, Consumer Affairs, Energy, Environment and Planning considered a bill Wednesday to require “that an initial business license be issued within three days of application.”
Sens. Donna Frett-Gregory, left, and Janelle Sarauw consult during Monday's Senate Session. (Photo by Barry Leerdam for the V.I. Legislature)

Senate OKs Bills on Loitering, Rear Seat Belt and Credit Cards

A bill strengthening the loitering law and one making seat belts mandatory for those in the back seat went through the V.I. Senate and toward the governor’s desk, but the ride has not been smooth.
Sen. Marvin Blyden calls Robert O’Connor 'a humble giant.' (File photo by Barry Leerdam for the V.I. Legislature)

Senate OKs BIT and Board Nominations, But Not VIPD Commissioner

Senators Monday were unanimous in praise as they approved the nominations of Dr. Brian Bacot to the Board of Medical Examiners, Rupert Ross as director of the Bureau of Information Technology and Christopher Finch to the Hospitals and Health Facilities Board.
Deanna Elyse Rogers thanks the senators for recognizing her contributions. (Photo by Barry Leerdam for the V.I. Legislature)

Senate Honors First Female Post Auditor and Rising Stars

The Senate Committee on Culture, Historic Preservation, and Aging gave accolades to a prestigious native Virgin Islander and to one of the territory’s most successful youth programs.

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