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34th Legislature Takes Oath of Office

Members of the 34th Legislature took their oaths of office in an outdoor ceremony on Monday, with Sen. Donna Frett-Gregory as the new Senate president.

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.
A barcode sticker is affixed to the front of a Puma service tank on Veterans Drive. (Bethaney Lee photo)

Gas Station Moratorium Bill Passes Senate

Sen. Janelle Sarauw scored a victory on Wednesday with the passage of her bill that will place a 5-year moratorium on new gas stations in the U.S. Virgin Islands if it is signed into law.

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.

Senate Sends Securization Proposal to Committee for Further Review

Meeting in special session on Tuesday the V.I. Senate did not approve a newly revamped version of Gov. Albert Bryan Jr.'s securitization proposal, instead, sending it to the Finance Committee for further consideration.
VIPA Director Carlton Dowe in 2016 file photo)

VIPA and DPNR Could Resolve Debts if Senate Approves Land Swap

To negate a long-standing debt owed to the Department of Planning and Natural Resources, the Virgin Islands Port Authority requested Senate approval for a disposition of property.

Smithsonian Team Restores Hurricane-damaged Legislative Records and Archives

In the aftermath of hurricanes Irma and Maria, government officials realized legislative records and archival journals stored in the basement of a building in Cruz Bay had been nearly destroyed after the basement flooded.
Debris blocks King Street in Christiansted in front of the Florence Williams Library Wednesday morning.

Government House Restoration Nears Finish, Libraries Begin To Open

Restoration of Government House on St. Thomas will be completed by the end of 2021, Dale Davis, special assistant to the governor, told members of the Committee on Culture, Historic Preservation and Aging at a hearing on Tuesday.

Senate Appropriates Funds To Remove King Christian IX Bust

The 33rd Legislature is not finished with the year 2020. On Friday the senators were in session for more than six hours, during which they approved many nominations and forwarded them to the governor.

Bills on Mortgages, Front-End Engineering and PSC Sent to Gov.

A bill designed to make estimates for projects more accurately reflect the actual cost was among the measures passed on Friday by the V.I. Legislature and forwarded to Gov. Albert Bryan Jr.

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