Senate President Myron D. Jackson, chairman of the Committee of the Whole, invites the community to three meetings to hear a petition initiative of St. Croix Government Retirees Inc. on apportionment of the Legislature to create five voting districts with nine district senators and six at-large senators.
The public is invited to testify at the Committee of the Whole meetings to be held across the territory. The first is scheduled for 5 p.m. on Oct. 10, at the Cleone Henrietta Creque Legislative Hall on St. John, followed by two zoning request hearings.
Subsequent apportionment petition meetings are planned for 6:30 p.m. on Oct. 15 at the Earle B. Ottley Legislative Hall on St. Thomas and at 6 p.m. on Oct. 16, at the Virgin Islands Cardiac Center on St. Croix.
On Oct. 1, Jackson received a letter along with the initiative petition from Board of Elections Supervisor Caroline Fawkes, certifying that it received the required number of voter signatures. According to the Revised Organic Act, the Legislature must accept or reject the measure within 30 days.
The initiative seeks to amend Title 2, chapter 6, of the Virgin Islands Code to create East and West districts of St. Croix, East and West districts of St. Thomas and one district of St. John. It calls for two senators to be elected from each district, except for St. John, which shall have one senator.
It also seeks to create three at-large senators who are residents of St. Croix, and three at-large senators who are residents of St. Thomas. If the proposal becomes law, all senatorial candidates and elected senators will be required to be bona fide residents of either the district or at-large district they are seeking to represent.
Persons interested in testifying on the apportionment petition should call the office at 693-3504 or submit it in writing to [email protected].