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ITEMS ON AGENDA FOR LEGISLATIVE SESSION MOVES FORWARD

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ST. THOMAS- Members of the 32nd Legislature, led by Senate President Myron Jackson, approved a nomination, a resolution, several coastal management permits and bills on Wednesday during Legislative Session at the Capitol Building.

Most lawmakers approved nominee Lloyd Bough, Jr. for Commissioner of the Department of Property and Procurement, and Bill No 32-0052, a resolution to honor and commend Allen Haynes for his contributions to the community as a police officer and healer.

Sen. Jackson stated he hoped Bough would continue to advocate for the care of government properties, residences and materials. He also supported the resolution.

“For thousands of years as a people we depended on tradition-bearers for healing,” said Sen. Jackson. “In terms of the centennial, for many years we had midwives. They are now restricted to assisting with the birth process in the hospitals. As a community, we once cared for our dead. Now we are restricted to two hours with them in the funeral homes. Tradition- bearers were eventually forced to discontinue their practices.”

Sen. Brian Smith had similar sentiments.

“For too long we have overlooked people in our community who served for several years, received an education and worked in the community. Mr. Bough is the epitome of leadership,” Sen. Smith said. “Talent is not something to be compared to a physician or chiropractor. Mr. Haynes dedicated his service throughout his career and daily activities. Somebody has to stand up for local talent.”

Although many of the senators expressed support for Bough, some were uncomfortable with voting in favor for Haynes.

“I am wary of sending this resolution forward,” said Sen. Tregenza Roach. “I would be endorsing a method of medical treatment that I would never do.”

Sen. Janette Millin Young also expressed concern. “I just wish that this resolution wasn’t weighing heavily on the medical aspect,” she said. “This may serve as an endorsement.”

Senators also considered and voted favorably for all the Coastal Zone Management Permits.

“All of the measures have to do with marine economic development and water safety. They are for continued use which means they are currently in use and the bills are an extension that allows the public to use what is already in place,” Sen. Jean Forde said. “As far as the installation of the moorings is concerned, they are put in place to ensure water safety. Overall, these measures are the beginning of a new industry in the Virgin Islands.”

The following Coastal Zone Permits were approved:

Bill No. 32-0114 – Act ratifying Major Coastal Zone Permit No. CZT-3-16 (W) issued to RC Hotels (Virgin Islands) Inc. for the continued use and occupancy of an existing 8’ diameter x 130’ long seawater intake line to the RO Plant seaward of Parcel Nos 1&3 Estate Nazareth, and the installation of 6 swim buoys four moorings at Great Bay, St. Thomas Virgin Islands 3

Bill No. 32-0116 – An Act ratifying Minor Coastal Zone Permit No. CZT-05-15W issued to Reef Ecology Foundation for continued use and occupancy of permanent moorings for day use only at frequently used dive site locations in the territorial waters surrounding the islands of St. Thomas and St. John, Virgin Islands

Bill No. 32-0115 – An Act ratifying Minor Coastal Zone Permit No. CZT-10-16W issued to the Anchorage Condominium Association for the continued use and occupancy of a 120 foot, three-inch seawater intake line which services its reverse osmosis plant and the continued use and occupancy of the submerged lands for six swimming buoys

Bill No. 32-0118 – An Act ratifying Major Coastal Zone Permit No. CZT-4-16(W) issued to St. Thomas Yacht Club Owner, Inc. for the continued use and occupancy of a 110’-9” by 7’-8” dock with a 39’-6” by 8’- 6” “T” and a 335sq. ft. concrete bulkhead with a length of 58 linear feet, 3,500 sq. ft. of submerged land surrounding the dock, and one wooden pile located seaward of Parcel Nos. 8-1-1 and 8-58 Estate Nazareth, St. Thomas, Virgin Islands

Bill No. 32-0113 -. An act ratifying Minor Coastal Zone Permit No. CZT-25-16W issued to Sanctuary Holding, LLC for the installation of eight mooring to be completed in two phases No. 23 Estate Frenchman’s Bay, St. Thomas, Virgin Islands

Bill No. 32-0117 – An Act ratifying Minor Coastal Zone Permit No. CZT-33-16W issued to True Crew VI, LLC to install a private mooring and operate a “food boat” at Christmas cove area of Jersey Bay St. Thomas.

“In terms of economic development in the Virgin Islands the marine industry is a gold mine that will open many doors for businesses and it will encourage job growth in the community,” Sen. Dwayne DeGraff said.

The following bills were approved:

Bill No. 32-0002- An Act to authorize the Virgin Islands Government to purchase Estate Catherineberg from WICO by offsetting payments owed in lieu of taxes, as mandated by Act No. 5826, as amended and for other related purposes

Bill No. 32-0020 -An Act amending 3 V.I.C. Section §§ 6, 7, 631 and 640 relating to the composition of the Government Employees Services Commission and re-designating the GESC as the Government Employees and Retirees Health Insurance Board of Trustees and for other related purposes

Bill No. 32-0021- An Act amending Virgin Islands Code, Title 1, Section 253, Title 3 Sections 256, 558, 562 to replace the Government Employees Services Commission with the Public Employees Relations Board; Section 643 to replace the GESC with the Division of Personnel” Title 17 Section 190 to replace the chairman of the Government Employees Services Commission with the Commissioner of Education; and repealing Title 3 Subchapter II and Title 23 Section 11 of the Virgin Islands Code

Bill No. 32-0038 – An Act amending Title 3, Chapter 11, Section 26b; Title 20, Section 436 Title 30, Section 15a; and Title 17, Section 475 providing for the acceptance of a Real ID as a valid form of identification for various senior citizen’s discounts 4

Bill No. 32-0039 – An Act amending Virgin Islands Code, Title 8, Chapter 1 Section 9, Subsection (a) to change the amount of Tavernkeeper Liquor Licenses (A) that can be in effect within the historic districts of the Virgin Islands

Bill No. 32-0040 – An act amending Title 1 Virgin Islands Code, Chapter 11 commemorating the week of June 26th to July 3rd as Virgin Islands Freedom Week

Bill No. 32-0087- An Act to authorize the Government of the Virgin Islands, through the Department of Property and Procurement to purchase certain real property on behalf of the people of the Virgin Islands for the completion of the Paul E. Joseph Stadium Project on the Island of St. Croix

Bill No. 32-0088 – An Act to provide for the reprogramming of funds appropriated from the Community Facilities Trust Account authorized under Act No 7012 for certain capital projects through the Department of Sports, Parks and Recreation

Bill No. 32-0090- An Act amending Act 7897 to increase the Department of Human Services appropriation in the fiscal year ending September 30, 2017; authorizing the Public Finance Authority to acquire and finance the acquisition of a residential skilled nursing home on the island of St. Thomas

Bill No. 32-0091- An Act amending Act No. 7911section 1increasing the amount of the appropriation from the Internal Revenue Matching Fund to the General Fund; providing a contribution from the Tourism Advertising Fund to the General Fund in the fiscal year ending September 30, 2017

Bill No. 32-0094- An Act reprogramming $545,634.52 from any available funds in the Gross Receipt Tax Bond proceeds. Matching fund Bond or the Community Facilities Trust Account to fund emergency repairs and replacements at the Schneider Center

All measures approved by this body will be forwarded to the governor for further consideration.

 

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LEGISLATORS HOLD BILLS IN SPECIAL SESSION UNTIL NOVEMBER 30

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ST. THOMAS– On Tuesday, Members of the 32nd Legislature convened into Special Session called by Gov. Kenneth Mapp to consider several measures regarding FEMA Community Disaster Loans, the VI Source Separation Act and the Frederiksted Economic Revitalization Project.

Senate President Myron Jackson expressed his concerns on the exclusion of the Legislative Branch during this time despite their collaborative efforts in support of the Governor’s $7.5 billion request for federal aid.

After a brief caucus, Majority Leader Neville James motioned to hold Bill Nos. 32-0150, 32- 0151 and 32-0152 until the call of the Chair. The motion, objected by Sen. Alicia “Chucky” Hansen, passed with the following votes;

YES: Marvin Blyden, Jean Forde, Novelle Francis, Jr., Myron Jackson, Neville James, Janelle Sarauw & Brian Smith

NO: Dwayne DeGraff, Alicia “Chucky” Hansen, Janette Millin-Young

NOT VOTING: Positive T. A. Nelson

ABSENT: Nereida Rivera O’Reilly, Tregenza Roach, Sammuel Sanes, Kurt Vialet

Senate President Jackson announced that the Committee of the Whole will reconvene on Wednesday, November 29, 2017 and Legislative Session will be held on Thursday, November 30, 2017.

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SENATE PRESIDENT ANNOUNCES POSTPONEMENT OF MEETINGS DUE TO IRMA

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ST. THOMAS – Senate President Myron D. Jackson announces that legislative meetings scheduled for the week of September 4 to 8 are postponed, due to the impending arrival of Hurricane Irma. The public will be informed of new dates. A final determination regarding the Legislative Session scheduled for September 8 will be made once the storm passes and its impacts are determined, he said.

Regarding the operations of the Legislature on all three islands, legislative employees are expected to report to work for 8 a.m. on Tuesday to secure their offices and, upon completion, will be allowed to leave at noon to continue their hurricane preparations at home. Casual wear is encouraged.

Based on reports from the National Hurricane Center and VITEMA, President Jackson said the Virgin Islands will likely be impacted by wind, rain, and ocean surge, particularly in the northern areas.

“As those reports are received I shall inform the public, all senators and our staff as to the operations of the Legislature,” he said. “All persons should therefore carefully monitor the media, including LEGIT TV – which can be accessed on Channel 5 throughout the territory, for announcements which may inform as to the operational status of the Legislature during the affected period.”

President Jackson said that the Legislature shall operate during this period only as weather conditions permit.

“Should the weather dictate the cessation of our operation for safety and health concerns, those decisions shall be made promptly and specific announcements shall be made,” he said. “I offer a prayer that all persons in the Virgin Islands, the Leeward and Windward Islands, and elsewhere be spared from Hurricane Irma. Please look to protect your families, friends, and properties be safe.”

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SENATORS JUDGE THE QUALIFICATIONS OF SENATOR-ELECT KEVIN RODRIQUEZ

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ST. THOMAS- Members of the 32nd Legislature, chaired by Senate President Myron Jackson, convened in Legislative Session at the Capitol Building on Tuesday, to judge the qualifications of Senator-Elect Kevin Rodriquez to serve as a senator in the 32nd Legislature of the Virgin Islands.

 

“After many litigations, this process still has to be determined. This discourse speaks to the process that began before the formation of the 32nd Legislature. On January 9, 2017, the Board of Elections gave an oath of office to members of the 32nd Legislature with an exception of Senator-Elect Rodriquez,” said Sen. Jackson.

 

Rising out of Legislative Session and into the Committee of the Whole, lawmakers received testimony on the credentials of Senator-Elect Rodriquez. This is Pursuant to Section 6g of the Revised Organic Act of the Virgin Islands that states in part, no person shall be eligible to be a member of the legislature who has not been a bona-fide resident of the Virgin Islands for at least three years preceding the date of election.

 

Senator-Elect Rodriquez said, “I was a bona-fide resident of the Virgin Islands since January 5, 2013, when I moved back home from Tennessee for good. The undisputed evidence that I have presented prove that I was qualified to run for senate.”

 

“Can you define the term bona-fide resident?” asked Sen. Marvin Blyden. In response, Virgin Islands Attorney General Claude Walker Esq. said, “The Revised Organic Act does not define the term.  However, because the Revised Organic Act serves as a de facto constitution for the Virgin Islands, to determine meaning, we should consider how similar language has been used in other state constitutions.”

 

Despite the testimonies presented, Resident Janelle Sarauw stated that the Senate-Elect Rodriquez was not residing in the Territory. “The Forward Movement Team maintains that Mr. Rodriguez does not meet the eligibility requirements as it pertains to residency,” said Sarauw.

 

“What does residency mean?” asked Sen. Brian Smith. Retained Council Kye Walker, Esq. from the Walker Legal Group stated that there is not one legal definition for the term residency. Sen Brian continued his inquiry, “What does domicile mean in terms of a registrant’s legal residence?” Attorney General Walker said, “A person can have two residencies but only one domicile. Legal residence or domicile is the place where a person habitually resides when not called elsewhere to work for a temporary purpose.”

 

Similarly, Sen. Nereida O’Reilly asked for further clarification of the term domicile. “Can legal domicile be determined by a person obtaining a driver’s license or voter’s registration card?” Attorney General Walker said, “Domicile is established by physical presence in a place in connection with state of mind concerning one’s intent to remain there. The Act does not speak specifically to driver’s license or a voter’s registration card.”

 

Sen. Alicia “Chucky” Hansen inquired about the qualifications of Senator-Elect Rodriquez. “In accordance to the requirements by law, have you found that Rodriquez fulfilled all legal obligations of the Board of Elections?” asked Sen. Hansen. Caroline Fawkes, Supervisor of Elections for the Election System of the Virgin Islands said, “Yes, Rodriquez was a certified candidate who was legally eligible to run for public office.”

 

Sen. Janette Millin Young had questions as it relates to the deficiencies of a candidate. “In the previous election, were there letters of deficiencies that were mailed?” Supervisor Fawkes said, “Yes, there were candidates who received a letter.” Sen. Millin Young asked, “Can you provide examples of a deficiency?” Supervisor Fawkes stated that incorrect or not enough signatures and inadequate mailing or physical addresses can lead to candidate receiving a letter of deficiency. Sen. Millin Young inquired, “Was Rodriquez a recipient of such letter?” Supervisor Fawkes stated that he was not.

 

Upon completion of Committee of the Whole, the meeting will remain in recess until Thursday, June 28, 2017.

 

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ITEMS ON AGENDA FOR LEGISLATIVE SESSION MOVES FORWARD

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ST. THOMAS- Members of the 32nd Legislature, led by Senate President Myron Jackson, approved a nomination, a resolution, several coastal management permits and bills on Wednesday during Legislative Session at the Capitol Building.

 

Most lawmakers approved nominee Lloyd Bough, Jr. for Commissioner of the Department of Property and Procurement, and Bill No 32-0052, a resolution to honor and commend Allen Haynes for his contributions to the community as a police officer and healer.

 

Sen. Jackson stated he hoped Bough would continue to advocate for the care of government properties, residences and materials. He also supported the resolution.

 

“For thousands of years as a people we depended on tradition-bearers for healing,” said Sen. Jackson. “In terms of the centennial, for many years we had midwives. They are now restricted to assisting with the birth process in the hospitals. As a community, we once cared for our dead. Now we are restricted to two hours with them in the funeral homes. Tradition- bearers were eventually forced to discontinue their practices.”

 

Sen. Brian Smith had similar sentiments.

 

“For too long we have overlooked people in our community who served for several years, received an education and worked in the community. Mr. Bough is the epitome of leadership,” Sen. Smith said. “Talent is not something to be compared to a physician or chiropractor. Mr. Haynes dedicated his service throughout his career and daily activities. Somebody has to stand up for local talent.”

 

Although many of the senators expressed support for Bough, some were uncomfortable with voting in favor for Haynes.

 

“I am wary of sending this resolution forward,” said Sen. Tregenza Roach. “I would be endorsing a method of medical treatment that I would never do.”

 

Sen. Janette Millin Young also expressed concern.

 

“I just wish that this resolution wasn’t weighing heavily on the medical aspect,” she said. “This may serve as an endorsement.”

 

Senators also considered and voted favorably for all the Coastal Zone Management Permits.

 

“All of the measures have to do with marine economic development and water safety. They are for continued use which means they are currently in use and the bills are an extension that allow the public to use what is already in place,” Sen. Jean Forde said. “As far as the installation of the moorings are concerned, they are put in place to ensure water safety. Overall, these measures are the beginning of a new industry in the Virgin Islands.”

 

The following Coastal Zone Permits were approved:

 

Bill No. 32-0114 – Act ratifying Major Coastal Zone Permit No. CZT-3-16 (W) issued to RC Hotels (Virgin Islands) Inc. for the continued use and occupancy of an existing 8’ diameter x 130’ long seawater intake line to the RO Plant seaward of Parcel Nos 1&3 Estate Nazareth, and the installation of 6 swim buoys four moorings at Great Bay, St. Thomas Virgin Islands 3

 

Bill No. 32-0116 – An Act ratifying Minor Coastal Zone Permit No. CZT-05-15W issued to Reef Ecology Foundation for continued use and occupancy of permanent moorings for day use only at frequently used dive site locations in the territorial waters surrounding the islands of St. Thomas and St. John, Virgin Islands

 

Bill No. 32-0115 – An Act ratifying Minor Coastal Zone Permit No. CZT-10-16W issued to the Anchorage Condominium Association for the continued use and occupancy of a 120 foot, three-inch seawater intake line which services its reverse osmosis plant and the continued use and occupancy of the submerged lands for six swimming buoys

 

Bill No. 32-0118 – An Act ratifying Major Coastal Zone Permit No. CZT-4-16(W) issued to St. Thomas Yacht Club Owner, Inc. for the continued use and occupancy of a 110’-9” by 7’-8” dock with a 39’-6” by 8’- 6” “T” and a 335sq. ft. concrete bulkhead with a length of 58 linear feet, 3,500 sq. ft. of submerged land surrounding the dock, and one wooden pile located seaward of Parcel Nos. 8-1-1 and 8-58 Estate Nazareth, St. Thomas, Virgin Islands

 

Bill No. 32-0113 -. An act ratifying Minor Coastal Zone Permit No. CZT-25-16W issued to Sanctuary Holding, LLC for the installation of eight mooring to be completed in two phases No. 23 Estate Frenchman’s Bay, St. Thomas, Virgin Islands

 

Bill No. 32-0117 – An Act ratifying Minor Coastal Zone Permit No. CZT-33-16W issued to True Crew VI, LLC to install a private mooring and operate a “food boat” at Christmas cove area of Jersey Bay St. Thomas.

 

“In terms of economic development in the Virgin Islands the marine industry is a gold mine that will open many doors for businesses and it will encourage job growth in the community,” Sen. Dwayne DeGraff said.

 

The following bills were approved:

 

Bill No. 32-0002- An Act to authorize the Virgin Islands Government to purchase Estate Catherineberg from WICO by offsetting payments owed in lieu of taxes, as mandated by Act No. 5826, as amended and for other related purposes

 

Bill No. 32-0020 -An Act amending 3 V.I.C. Section §§ 6, 7, 631 and 640 relating to the composition of the Government Employees Services Commission and re-designating the GESC as the Government Employees and Retirees Health Insurance Board of Trustees and for other related purposes

 

Bill No. 32-0021- An Act amending Virgin Islands Code, Title 1, Section 253, Title 3 Sections 256, 558, 562 to replace the Government Employees Services Commission with the Public Employees Relations Board; Section 643 to replace the GESC with the Division of Personnel” Title 17 Section 190 to replace the chairman of the Government Employees Services Commission with the Commissioner of Education; and repealing Title 3 Subchapter II and Title 23 Section 11 of the Virgin Islands Code

 

Bill No. 32-0038 – An Act amending Title 3, Chapter 11, Section 26b; Title 20, Section 436 Title 30, Section 15a; and Title 17, Section 475 providing for the acceptance of a Real ID as a valid form of identification for various senior citizen’s discounts 4

 

Bill No. 32-0039 – An Act amending Virgin Islands Code, Title 8, Chapter 1 Section 9, Subsection (a) to change the amount of Tavernkeeper Liquor Licenses (A) that can be in effect within the historic districts of the Virgin Islands

 

Bill No. 32-0040 – An act amending Title 1 Virgin Islands Code, Chapter 11 commemorating the week of June 26th to July 3rd as Virgin Islands Freedom Week

 

Bill No. 32-0087- An Act to authorize the Government of the Virgin Islands, through the Department of Property and Procurement to purchase certain real property on behalf of the people of the Virgin Islands for the completion of the Paul E. Joseph Stadium Project on the Island of St. Croix

 

Bill No. 32-0088 – An Act to provide for the reprogramming of funds appropriated from the Community Facilities Trust Account authorized under Act No 7012 for certain capital projects through the Department of Sports, Parks and Recreation

 

Bill No. 32-0090- An Act amending Act 7897 to increase the Department of Human Services appropriation in the fiscal year ending September 30, 2017; authorizing the Public Finance Authority to acquire and finance the acquisition of a residential skilled nursing home on the island of St. Thomas

 

Bill No. 32-0091- An Act amending Act No. 7911section 1increasing the amount of the appropriation from the Internal Revenue Matching Fund to the General Fund; providing a contribution from the Tourism Advertising Fund to the General Fund in the fiscal year ending September 30, 2017

 

Bill No. 32-0094- An Act reprogramming $545,634.52 from any available funds in the Gross Receipt Tax Bond proceeds. Matching fund Bond or the Community Facilities Trust Account to fund emergency repairs and replacements at the Schneider Center

 

All measures approved by this body will be forwarded to the governor for further consideration.

 

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LAWMAKERS SEND BILL FOR THE REPROGRAMMING OF $3 MILLION FROM THE GROSS RECEIPT TAX BONDS TO COMMITTEE

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ST.THOMAS – Members of the 32nd Legislature, led by Senate President Myron Jackson, at the request of Governor Kenneth Mapp, convened in Special Session on Wednesday, and voted unanimously to send several measures to committee for further vetting, including Bill No. 32-0091 as it relates to reprogramming $3 million from available funding to address emergency sewage line problems at the Juan F. Luis Hospital.

Funding for the initiative would have come from increasing an appropriation from the Internal Revenue Matching Fund to the General Fund, a contribution from the Tourism Advertising Revolving Fund, and reprogramming $3 million from any available fund in the Gross Receipt Tax Bonds or Community Facilities Trust Account.

Rising out of Legislative Session and into the Committee of the Whole, senators received testimony from Richard Evangelista, Acting Chief Executive Officer of the Juan F. Luis Hospital and Medical Center (JFL).

“The $3 million appropriation will be utilized for JFL for emergency repairs and replacement of its sewer infrastructure,” said Evangelista. He stated that additional financial challenges include the immediate measures to sustain operations totaling $78,940, in costs associated with the relocation of the Emergency Department operations totaling $50,410 and the availability of mid-level clinical staff to expedite service in the triage area totaling $48,000.

Sen. Novelle Francis inquired, “How did you come up with the necessity of $3 million for the sewer infrastructure?” Tim Lessing, Chief Financial Officer at JFL, stated that as of Fall 2016, a portion of the drainage system collapsed and was down for six months. This estimate is based on the square footage of all the areas in which the system needs to be replaced.

“In terms of moving forward, what plans do you have to prevent this from reoccurring?” asked Sen. Marvin Blyden. Evangelista said, “We will continue to assess the entire sewage system and devise an architectural design to improve the infrastructure. Currently, relocating the existing system is a temporary measure.”

Regarding the reprogramming of funding for the twenty-three capital projects, President Jackson asked, “Why were some capital projects selected to be completed with the leftover funds while others were not?” In response, Valdamier Collens, Executive Director of the V.I. Public Finance Authority said, “While some projects were not started, most of the capital projects are left over funds from the completed projects. The remainder funds are to be utilized to complete critical projects such as the JFL, Schneider Regional Medical Center and other agencies.”

Separately, Sen. Kurt Vialet requested the financial breakdown of the $18.2 million that was generated from the excise taxes earned and collected on Virgin Islands rum sold within the U.S. market. In response, Collens said, “The breakdown is as follows from Cruzan Rum, the Government of the Virgin Islands (GVI) will receive $3.16 million and the rum company will receive $2.69 million. From Diageo, GVI will receive $6.29 million and the rum company will receive $5.67 million and the Community Facilities Trust Fund will receive $3,700.”

Other proposed legislation sent by Governor Mapp on the agenda included establishment of a single horse racing commission anti-doping legislation; acquiring land in Estate La Grange for completion of the Paul E. Joseph Stadium complex; repairs at sporting facilities at Kirwan Terrace, Joseph Aubain, and Emile Griffith ballparks; acquisition of a residential nursing facility on St. Thomas; funding for A/C for Schneider Hospital; and improvements to some of the territory’s public schools cafeterias, bathrooms, administrative offices, and other maintenance needs.

Eventually, lawmakers rose out of the Committee of the Whole and went back into Special Session, in which they voted to send the following to committee: Bill No. 32-0091, Bill No. 32-0094, Bill No. 32-0090, Bill No. 32-0089, Bill No. 32-0088, Bill No. 32-0088, Bill No. 32-0087, Bill No. 32-0092 and Bill No. 32-0093.

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BILL NO. 32-0001

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BILL NO. 32-0001

32nd Legislature of the Virgin Islands

This bill organizes the 32nd Legislature, and establishes the Majority Caucus, elects the officers, establishes the standing committees, appoints the committee chairs, committee vice chairs and committee members, and adopts the Rules of the 32nd Legislature.

• Senator Myron D. Jackson-President

• Senator Nereida Rivera-O’Reilly-Vice-President

• Senator Jean Forde-Secretary

• Senator Neville James-Majority Leader

• Senator Jean Forde-Secretary for Intergovernmental & Territorial Affairs

• Senator Marvin Blyden-Liaison to the United States Congress

• Senator Brian A. Smith-Liaison to the United States Dept. of Interior, Office of Insular Affairs

• Senator Sammuel Sanes-Liaison to the White House

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