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Senate Panel OKs Comprehensive WAPA Oversight Bill

Legislation to provide the Public Service Commission with regulatory powers over the Water and Power Authority has long been discussed by the Legislature. Friday the measure was approved by the Senate Committee on Government Operations and Consumer Affairs.

Senators Advance Invasive Species Bounty Bill

Legislation to establish an Invasive Species Eradication Community Program – which would incentivize businesses and residents to euthanize invasive species by offering a bounty for wanted pests – was advanced by the Rules and Judiciary Committee on Thursday.

Senate Panel Looks for Programs to Boost Homeownership in V.I.

The V.I. Senate Committee on Finance called on officials from local banks and the V.I. Housing Authority during a hearing on Tuesday to discuss what options are available to help residents seeking to purchase a home.

Child’s Birth Highlights Territorial Need for Mental Health Services

Suffering from a longstanding neurodevelopmental disorder and homelessness, one month ago a woman gave birth to a child on the sidewalk that runs in front of the hurricane-ravaged structure once used as Addelita Cancryn Junior High School.

Finance Committee Approves Funds for STX Improvement Projects

The V.I. Senate Finance Committee forwarded four pieces of legislation on Friday that, if eventually enacted into law, would appropriate a total of over $4.5 million to fund four separate enhancement projects on St. Croix.

Ten Nominees Pass Rules and Judiciary Committee

The Senate Rules and Judiciary Committee approved 10 nominations to various governmental boards at Thursday’s hearing at the Earle B. Ottley Legislative Hall. All nominations were vetted in prior committees and have now been forwarded to the Committee of the Whole.

Department of Human Services Grapples with Staff Shortages

The Virgin Islands Department of Human Services is contending with extreme staff shortages across every division and program, DHS Commissioner Kimberley Causey-Gomez told lawmakers on Wednesday.

Territory’s Mental Health Crisis Rages On; Anna’s Hope Treatment Facility ‘Not Feasible’

The need in the U.S. Virgin Islands for increased services for those suffering from mental and behavior health disorders was so strong in 2016 that former Gov. Kenneth Mapp declared a Mental Health Care State of Emergency; nearly five years later, little has changed.   

WAPA Official Won’t Discuss Leaked Memo with Lawmakers

The Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority Governing Board was called before the Senate on Tuesday on the heels of a leaked, private letter sent from the board’s Vice Chairman Jed JohnHope to Chairman Anthony Thomas.

Career and Tech Ed Board Denounces ‘Deplorable’ Classroom Conditions

The V.I. Board of Career and Technical Education Chairman Michael François requested the Senate reallocate funding from the Department of Education to the career board for the maintenance of career and technical education classrooms.





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