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The renewal of health insurance agreements for government employees was not ratified during Tuesday’s Committee of the Whole hearing, because Senate President Novelle Francis Jr. said they would like to have further discussion, even though the lawmakers are unable to negotiate rates.
The Rules and Judiciary Committee had a full day on Monday, advancing 32 budget bills and two nominees to six-year terms as judges of the Superior Court.
The Legislature passed 17 bills and eight nominees for governing board positions during a Session Friday, as well as overriding four bills that had been vetoed by Gov. Albert Bryan Jr.
History repeated itself during Friday’s Legislative session, where once again prohibiting the use of corporal punishment in a school setting was struck down by legislators, this time by a 12-2 vote.
Although Senators' main action at Thursday’s Finance Committee hearing was to advance a bill appropriating $15 million to the Waste Management Authority for outstanding debts to waste haulers, lawmakers also took the time to address the public about keeping the U.S. Virgin Islands clean.
Now that the fall semester has begun, Virgin Islands students, parents and educators are faced with the challenging realities of distance learning, not least of all that laptops designated for each of the territory's students have not reached everyone.
Options for distance learning may stick around long after the pandemic ends if legislation advanced Wednesday by the Senate Committee on Education and Workforce Development becomes law.
During a brief meeting of the Senate's Rules and Judiciary Committee hearing, three bills were forwarded to the full Senate while two others were removed from the agenda.
Lawmakers forwarded three bills Monday that, if enacted into law, would commemorate four honorees for their contributions to the U.S. Virgin Islands.
The U.S. Virgin Islands Commission on Aging is on the books but has never done anything, but that could change under legislation approved Monday by the Senate Committee on Culture, Historic Preservation, and Aging.