Category: V.I. Legislature

Legislature Welcomes The Public To View Its Operations With New COVID-19 Protocols

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Senate President Donna Frett-Gregory said that the Legislature of the Virgin Islands re-opened to the public effective on Monday, June 20, 2022. This change is announced as part of the Legislature’s updated COVID-19 protocols to align with the endemicity stage of the COVID-19 Pandemic. The updated protocols includes the following updates: • […]

Government Mails Out $12.5M In Tax Refunds Today

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — A St. Croix Senator said some of taxpayer’s income tax refund payments from the Virgin Islands government were put in the mail today. “I welcome the good news delivered by Finance Commissioner Bosede Bruce ahead of her budget testimony in the Finance Committee today that $12.5 million in income tax return payments […]

Senate Committee Gets Updates On Disaster Repairs

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Members of the Committee on Disaster Recovery and Infrastructure, led by Senator Janelle Sarauw met at the Earle B Ottley Legislative Hall on Friday. The Committee received testimony from the Virgin Islands Department of Planning and Natural Resources related to all disaster related projects, including marine and historic efforts in the Territory, […]

Golden Grove Prison Renamed John A. Bell Adult Correctional Facility

FREDERIKSTED — The Office of the Governor, in conjunction with the Virgin Islands Bureau of Corrections, hosted an official renaming ceremony of the John A. Bell Adult Correctional Facility on Thursday. Lieutenant Governor Tregenza A. Roach attended the official renaming ceremony of the facility at the Virgin Islands Bureau of Corrections on St. Croix. “Mr. […]

Bryan Calls For Investigation Into Sex Assault Allegations Against Steven Payne

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Governor Albert Bryan issued a statement today calling on Attorney General Denise George to open an investigation into allegations of sexual abuse made against At-Large Senator Steven Payne by a young woman who alleged that Senator Payne sexually assaulted her when she was a minor. “The allegations against Senator Payne revealed recently in […]

St. Croix Senator Pushes For More Fiscal Accountability At WAPA

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Senator Kenneth L. “Kenny” Gittens is asking his colleagues to reconsider authorizing an independent investigation of the Virgin Islands Water & Power Authority following Monday’s Committee of the Whole hearing to address ongoing concerns at the utility, to include a problematic November 2021 audit report.  “While I do think some positive steps have […]

Governor Bryan Signs Into Law Merger Between Fire Service and EMS

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Governor Albert Bryan signed into law Friday the Fire-EMS merger legislation that will combine the two agencies in an attempt to “deliver more efficient and comprehensive emergency medical services to Virgin Islanders.” Under the new law, the Territory’s Emergency Medical Services will be a division of the Virgin Islands Fire Service, which will […]

Outstanding Virgin Islanders Honored By Senators At Plaque Ceremony In St. Croix

CHRISTIANSTED — Members of the 34th Legislature led by Senate President Donna Frett-Gregory hosted a Perma Plaque Ceremony at the Frits E. Lawaetz Legislative Conference Room. Lawmakers honored and commended fourteen Virgin Islanders for their outstanding contributions to the community. The honorees are Kerra Samuel, Alwyn “Big Al” Baptiste, Alwyn “Daddy Jones” Baptiste, Jr., Janice […]

Committee Gets Update On Bleak Housing Situation In The U.S. Virgin Islands

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Members of the Committee on Housing, Transportation, and Telecommunications, led by Senator Marvin A. Blyden, met at the Earle B. Ottley Legislative Chambers in St. Thomas to discuss the status of Housing, Housing Opportunities, Home Ownership opportunities, the status of the First-time Homebuyers Program Act No. 8465, and plans for the future […]

Former St. Croix Senator Could Be Ordered To Forfeit Hidden Assets … Antique Furniture

CHRISTIANSTED — Former Senator Wayne James has been hiding assets in the form of antique furniture in storage on St. Croix, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office which is seeking a judge’s order to seize the property to repay a $100,000 judgement stemming from his conviction of stealing public money under the guise of doing […]