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This Week’s Senate Calendar: May 3-7

The Legislature Building of the U.S. Virgin Islands on St. Thomas (Source file photo by Bethaney Lee)

34th Legislature of the Virgin Islands

Senate Calendar

Monday, May 3

9:30 a.m.

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Committee on Homeland Security, Justice and Public Safety

Frits E. Lawaetz Legislative Hall Conference Room, St. Croix

Agenda:

The committee has scheduled a meeting to consider the following:

BLOCK I

9:30 a.m. to Noon

The committee will receive an update from the V.I. Department of Justice

LUNCH – Noon to 1 p.m.

BLOCK II

1-3 p.m.

Bill No. 34-0012 – An Act amending Title 20, Virgin Islands Code, chapter 45, section 544, subsection (d) relating to penalties for violations of requirements in section 541 imposed on drivers causing an accident and to reduce the prison term from one year to six months (Sponsored by Senator Janelle K. Sarauw)

Tuesday, May 4

10 a.m.

Legislative Session

Earle B. Ottley Legislative Hall, St. Thomas

Call to Order: Donna A. Frett-Gregory, Senate President

Invocation: Rev. Dawn Pondt, Faith Wesleyan Holiness Church

Anthem: National anthem and Virgin Islands March

Roll Call: Genevieve Whitaker, Legislative Secretary

Messages from the governor

Committee Reports: Chairpersons of Standing Committees

BLOCK I

Nominations and Resolutions

Amy Durand, Pharm D. CPH – V.I. Board of Pharmacy

Amialyn Augustus – V.I. Board of Social Work Licensure

Maureen Burke ­– Venture, AIA, V.I. Finance Authority Board

Kirk Lewis – V.I. Board of Aquaculture and Mariculture

Erica Johnson – University of the Virgin Islands Board of Trustees

Raymond Burton Jr. – V.I. Board of Architects, Engineers and Land Surveyors

Damian Cartwright PE – V.I. Board of Architects, Engineers and Land Surveyors

Karen Korsgren – V.I. Real Estate Commission

Derek Gabriel – Commissioner designee, V.I. Department of Public Works

Bill No. 34-0019 – A Resolution honoring and commending Ronaqua Russell for her heroic achievements and extraordinary performance that resulted in her becoming the first African American female aviator in the United States Coast Guard to receive the Air Medal.

BLOCK II

Bill No. 34-0003 – An Act amending Title 29, Virgin Islands Code, chapter 3, subchapter I, section 235 (c) relating to the time period within which the Zoning administrator must act on a building permit application submitted to the Department of Planning and Natural Resources to set time limits; requiring the department to implement an Electronic Permitting System; amending chapter 5 section 296 relating to fees and fines for building permits to require that 3 percent of the fees collected under that section be deposited into the department’s Reclamation Fund for maintaining the electric permitting system; and amending Title 12, section 911(f)(4) relating to the Natural Resources Reclamation Fund to include 3 percent of the fees collected in 29 V.I.C. 296 as a funding source for the Natural Resources Reclamation Fund.

Bill No. 34-0005 – An Act amending Title 3, Virgin Islands Code, chapter 5, subchapter 1, section 65a, subsections ((a) c), (d) and (e) relating to filling vacancies on boards and commissions to authorize the governor to nominate persons to boards and commissions 60 days before the expiration of the term of an existing board or commission member; to clarify the limitation on the number of governmental boards and commissions on which commissioners and directors of the Virgin Islands government may serve, while serving on the board or commission of any autonomous or semi-autonomous agency, to grant the governor greater discretion in appointing statutorily designated commissions and other agency executive to boards and commission by authorizing the governor to appoint alternative representative heads; of executive agencies; adding subsection (f) to allow off [1] island members to serve on boards and commissions and providing for other related purposes.

Bill No. 34-0023 – An Act amending Title 12 of the Virgin Islands Code by adding a chapter 2A to establish the Invasive Species Eradication Community Program and to establish the Invasive Species Eradication Community Program Fund, including and an Imprest Account Fund for the payment of bounties under the program; and appropriating $10,000 from the Animal Fund to the Invasive Species Eradication Community Program Fund.

Bill No. 34-0025 – An Act amending Title 3, Virgin Islands Code, chapter 16, section 273 relating to the Public Services Commission to reduce the membership of the Commission from nine to seven members, provide for a maximum of two Commission members to reside outside of the territory, provide for virtual attendance of Commission meetings, increase the per diem for Commissions members from $50 to $175, establish minimum criteria for Public Services Commission members, prohibit commission members from having a financial interest in a utility, prohibit a family member of a person serving in an executive capacity at a public utility subject to regulation by the commission from being appointed to the commission, prohibit a person serving in an executive capacity at a public utility form serving as a member of the Commission for at least two years leaving employment with the public utility; to prohibit Commission members from entering into an employment relationship or other agreement with either an entity regulated by the Commission or a subcontractor of the entity for one year after completion of service to the Commission, prohibit voting members from holding other public offices and to prohibit Commission members from raising campaign funds and actively campaigning for political candidate’s other than a member’s family.

Bill No. 34-0026 – An Act amending title 30, chapter 5, subchapter II, section 103 relating to the Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority to establish minimum criteria for the Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority Governing Board and changing the number of its members; and amending section 104 (b) to change the number of members of the Governing Board consisting a quorum from five to four.

BLOCK III

Bill No. 34-0008 – An Act amending Act No. 7453 § 2A, as amended by Act No. 7599 § 9 (e) to reprogram $200,000 from Gross Receipt Taxes Bonds proceeds to renovate the Police Athletic League Headquarters in Estate Whim, St. Croix

Bill No. 34-0013 – An act appropriating $2,050,000 from the St. Croix Capital Improvement Fund for replacement of the existing, deteriorated tender landing pier and repairs at the Ann E. Abramson Marine Terminal in Frederiksted, St. Croix

Bill No. 34-0014 – An Act appropriating $1,600,000 from the Communities Facilities Trust Account for the four community facilities projects on St. Croix, including the projects of the pier at King’s Alley Hotel in Christiansted, the dock at Gallows Bay Pier, and the roll-on /roll-off ramp at Krause Lagoon; and appropriating $50,000 to the Department of Sports, Parks and Recreation from the Tourism Advertising Revolving Fund to complete a Site Utilization Plan for Estate Nazareth 1 and 2 Red Hook, St. Thomas, Virgin Islands

Bill No. 34-0020 – An Act appropriating $675,000 from the Community Facility Trust Fund to the Department of Sports, Parks and Recreation to be used Caribbean Drag Racing Association for restoration of facilities at the St. Croix Motor Sports Complex, making an appropriation and for other related purposes

Bill No. 34-0024 – An Act amending Act No. 8365, relating to the fiscal year 2021 operating budget for the Government of the Virgin Islands to appropriate $3,533,333.34 to the Department of Justice to pay the settlement agreement of Joe Harold d/b/a Vanterpool Enterprises v. Government of the Virgin Islands, to appropriate $2,000,000 to the Department of Labor for the payment of outstanding Worker’s Compensation payments to  medical providers to appropriate $40,000 to Clean Sweep Frederiksted for the beautification of the town of Frederiksted; and amending Act No. 8411 to increase the Grand Total General Fund appropriations

BLOCK V

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Wednesday, May 5

No committee meetings will be held today.

Thursday, May 6

No committee meetings will be held today.

 Friday, May 7

10 a.m.

Committee on Education and Workforce Development

Frits E. Lawaetz Legislative Conference Room, St. Croix

Agenda

The committee has scheduled a meeting to receive testimony on the following:

BLOCK I

The state of the Unemployment Insurance Loss Wage Assistance Program and the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance Program

LUNCH – Noon to 12:30 p.m.

BLOCK II

12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

The committee will also receive testimony as it pertains to workforce development, educational development, agricultural opportunity, employment opportunities and the community development block grant workforce development award

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