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Meeting in full session on Tuesday, the 34th Legislature approved four bills appropriating $5 million for various long-anticipated improvement projects on St. Croix.
The combination of the pandemic, staffing shortages and an outdated database has resulted in a series of backlogged cases within the Division of Paternity and Child Support.
Opening of the temporary St. Croix hospital unit, known as Juan F. Luis North, has been delayed and it now may not open before April 2022, hospital officials told a panel of V.I. senators Friday.
Lack of Funding, Antiquated Facilities and Deficient Equipment Burden Waste Management, Director Says
The V.I. Waste Management Authority has encountered numerous challenges in the wake of hurricanes Irma and Maria, which generated nearly three times as much waste as the territory typically generates in a year, Executive Director Roger Merritt Jr. said on Thursday.
The Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority plans to offset 60 to 80 percent of generation through renewable energy resources within the next three to five years, bringing the utility in compliance with the law.
Sen. Novelle Francis Jr. said on Thursday that the Committee on Rules and Judiciary served as a “clearing house for legislation” and an opportunity to “self-correct.”
The U.S. Coast Guard recognized Virgin Islander Ronaqua Russell for her rescue efforts during Hurricane Harvey in 2017 by presenting her with the Air Medal. Senators on the Committee on Rules and Judiciary moved to take the recognition further Thursday.
Members of the Senate Committee on Housing, Transportation, and Telecommunications expressed shock Monday to hear that large corporations have only been required to pay $25 for an excavation permit to dig up the territory's roads to repair or install utility lines.
A measure introduced by Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. to stem the flow of firearms and ammunition being brought into the U.S. Virgin Islands was discussed Thursday by the Senate Committee of the Whole.
The Health, Hospitals and Human Services Committee advanced legislation on Tuesday that would establish a Nurse Licensure Compact that would create a multistate nursing license in hopes to attract more health care professionals to the territory.