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Panel Narrowly OKs Bill Establishing Official V.I. Madras

The establishment of an official Virgin Islands madras was passed Monday by the Senate Committee on Culture, Aging and Historic Preservation and forwarded to the Rules and Judiciary Committee after a 4-3 vote.
Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. discusses his administration's priorities toward reducing property and homelessness during a meeting with members of the Virgin Islands Interagency Council on Homelessness Tuesday in Government House on St. Croix. (Government House photo)

Bryan: Expand Cannabis Law, Send Taxes to GERS

Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. has unveiled legislation broadening the territory's new medical cannabis law, with new taxes directed mostly to the failing Government Employees Retirement System, as well as new rights for Rastafarians and other changes.
Sen. Allison Degazon (D-STT) questions Callwood and O'Neal at Tuesday's Finance Committee hearing. (Photo by Barry Leerdam, V.I. Legislature)

Senate Panel OKs Bill on Exploitation of Seniors

People who take advantage of seniors unable to care for themselves are the target of a bill approved and moved forward Monday by the Senate Committee on Health, Hospitals and Human Services.
Michal Rhymer-Browne testifies about the needs of seniors on St. John. (Source photo by Bethaney Lee)

STJ Seniors Are In Need of Facility, Transportation and Disaster Relief

Things haven't improved much for St. John's senior population since the passing of hurricanes Irma and Maria two years ago. They still need a rebuilt senior center, a bus for transportation and help with disaster relief, officials told a Senate panel meeting Friday.
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Tiptoeing On the Edge: V.I. Medicaid Funding Extended One Month

On Thursday, Congress extended vital Medicaid funding for the U.S. Virgin Islands by one month, briefly holding off damaging cuts to critical health services to the territory's most vulnerable, but also to hospital funds and, ultimately, tax revenues and economic activity.

Agriculture Committee OKs Bills to Help Farmers Access Water

The Committee on Economic Development, Regulations and Agriculture moved forward two bills during a Thursday hearing on St. Croix that would help farmers keep a consistent water supply for agricultural needs.
Jenifer O’Neal testifies Tuesday. (Photo by Barry Leerdam for the V.I. Legislature)

Financial Heads Oppose Bill They Say Bypasses Procurement Rules

Jenifer O’Neal, director of the Office of Management and Budget, and Clarina Elliott, executive assistant commissioner at the Department of Finance, had a long day at the Senate Committee on Finance Tuesday as senators debated bills.
From left, Vincent Richards and Eric Castro Testify at Tuesday’s hearing. (Photo by Barry Leerdam for the V.I. Legislature)

Senate OKs Sub Base Leases for Music Makers and Cement Producer

The Senate Committee on Finance Tuesday voted to approve government leases to Panyard People and Universal Concrete. Both government properties are in Sub Base on St. Thomas.
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.

Dental Board Nominee Says V.I. Needs More Dentists

The Senate Rules and Judiciary Committee approved five nominees on Friday, moving the names on to full Senate, including the re-nominations of Virgin Islands Board of Medical Examiners nominee Dr. Mavis Matthew and Virgin Islands Board of Dental Examiners nominee Dr. Emmanuel Delano.

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