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Senators Express Confusion About Changes to GERS Bail Out Bill, But Pass it in a Close Vote

Confusion swept through the Legislature on Thursday during a special session at which senators were called to vote on changes to a debt refinancing bill that aims to rescue a fiscally crumbling pension system. By an 8-6 margin, the newly amended legislation narrowly passed.

Senate Passes Heavily Amended GERS Bail Out Bill

The governor’s proposed bill that aims to bail out the Government Employees' Retirement System was passed by the Legislature at a Friday special session, the culmination of Thursday’s Finance Committee hearing that moved into special session before being recessed.

Split Finance Committee OKs Pension Bail Out Bill With Hesitations

The Senate Finance Committee on Thursday narrowly advanced Gov. Albert Bryan Jr.'s bill that aims to bail out the Government Employees' Retirement System by securitizing the territory’s Matching Fund debt.
Dominique Elizee and Savanna Capdeville organized the event. (Photo by Misty Winter)

BLM Solidarity Draws Large Weekend Gathering at Christiansted Fort

People filled the lawn surrounding the bandstand Saturday morning wearing T-shirts and carrying signs to honor and celebrate the life of George Floyd, and the many other Black people who have lost their lives to police brutality.
A sheet of V.I. Lottery tickets for the upcoming March 5 drawing that boasts a $175,000 grand prize. (From V.I. Lottery Facebook Page)

V.I. Lottery’s New Digital Draw System is the First of Many Changes to Come

The V.I. Lottery is saying goodbye to an outdated and time-consuming ball pick drawing system and ushering in a “wave of opportunity” with its new digital draw system, which will make its debut in the territory on March 19.
Sens. Donna Frett-Gregory and Janelle Sarauw discuss the VIVIS bill, which they co-sponsored. (Photo by Barry Leerdam, USVI Legislature)

Panel OKs Measure to Reorganize Long-Languishing Data System

The long dormant V.I. Virtual Information System, or VIVIS, may be reworked with a new executive council if a bill forwarded out of the Senate Rules Committee is enacted. But funding concerns remain.
The Rules and Judiciary Committee gather on Thursday to discuss nine different bills. (Photo Barry Leerdam, USVI Legislature)

Eight Bills Moved Forward, Two Held in Committee

Senators of the Rules and Judiciary Committee moved eight bills forward on Thursday, holding two additional bills in the committee for further discussion. Three of the approved bills focused on government responsibility and appropriation of funding.

‘Sarah and Addie’ Premieres at St. Croix Caribbean Cinemas

“Sarah & Addie” will premiere at a VIP red carpet affair at 1 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 7, at St. Croix Caribbean Cinemas.

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