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Committee of the Whole Chairman Sen. Novelle Francis Jr. asks for an open and honest conversation with WAPA during Friday’s hearing. (“Photos by Chaunte Herbert, Legislature of the Virgin Islands.)

Insurance Agreements Not Ratified, Dozens of Bills Forwarded to Governor

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.

Waste Haulers May Get Paid; Senators Want Public’s Help in Keeping V.I. Clean

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.

With Virtual Classrooms Not Reaching All Students, Education Responds to Questions

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.

Senators Move to Extend Distance Learning Options Beyond the Pandemic

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.

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.

BMV Announces a New STT Facility is Within Reach

The Bureau of Motor Vehicles stands to receive additional funding after the Senate Finance Committee voted on Wednesday to appropriate money for a rebuild of the St. Thomas facility that hurricanes Irma and Maria decimated.  

V.I. Sports Commission May Gain Committee Members

The Senate Committee on Youth, Sports, Parks and Recreation unanimously advanced legislation on Monday that, if enacted, would add two more members to the Virgin Islands Sports Commission – something not all testifiers were in favor of.

Legislators Take First Step Toward New STX Police Station

Legislators advanced a bill Friday that acts as the first step towards creating a new police department building in Frederiksted, St. Croix.

AG: Child Support and Paternity Hearings Have Ground to a Halt

Despite the abilities of the V.I. Supreme and Superior Courts to conduct virtual hearings, child support and paternity hearings have halted since the pandemic hit in March, Attorney General Denise George told the Senate Finance Committee on Thursday.

Canvassing Has Increased Tax Collection Rates, BIR Director Says

The Virgin Islands Bureau of Internal Revenue’s collection rates are up this fiscal year, with a 7 percent increase in total revenue collections and a 20 percent increase in outstanding balance collections compared to the 2019 fiscal year, said BIR Director Joel Lee.

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