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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.

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.

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.   

Neighbors Contest Zoning Change Request Allowing 20 Dwellings

A rezoning request to change a residentially zoned property from low-density to medium-density was the source of contention during a virtual hearing held Friday.
Boats crowd Charlotte Amalie harbor. (Source photo by Bethaney Lee)

Legislature Approves 100 New Moorings, Extends State of Emergency

With over 200 new vessels registered by the Department of Planning and Natural Resources during the COVID-19 pandemic, the installation of additional moorings across the U.S. Virgin Islands has become paramount to sustaining the demand for transient vessels.

VIHFA: Rental Assistance Program Coming Soon

The U.S. Virgin Islands has an unmet housing need, and with unemployment hitting record highs over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. tasked the Virgin Islands Housing Finance Authority to implement the Emergency Rental Assistance Program on Feb. 1.

Senators Move to Close Loophole in Gas Station Moratorium

A bill adding to a measure already signed into law that created a five-year moratorium on business licenses for gas stations was approved by a legislative panel on Tuesday.

FEMA Lifts Drawdown Restrictions on V.I. Disaster Recovery Funds

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has gained confidence in the Government of the Virgin Islands to spend the territory’s expected $8 billion in disaster recovery funds, and as of Jan. 29 has lifted the manual drawdown restrictions imposed after a federal audit.

Territory Has Spent Over Half of Issued CARES Act Funding

The U.S. Virgin Islands has expended over half of its $546 million in CARES Act funding issued subsequent to the COVID-19 outbreak, Office of Management and Budget Director Jenifer O'Neal told the Senate Finance Committee Tuesday.

Police: Violent Crimes Have Increased in the USVI During Pandemic

With the world still in the thralls of the COVID-19 pandemic, and people tucked away in their homes and many children barred from classrooms, crime appears to have flourished in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

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