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Tuesday, September 25, 2018
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Local government

Governor’s-Residence Measure Becomes Law

A bill directing the West Indian Company to buy property next to Government House on St. Thomas for the governor's residence and take the cost out of WICO's back taxes has become law without Gov. Kenneth Mapp's signature. 

DLCA Protects Consumers by Conducting Surveys on Food and Gas Prices

The Department of Licensing and Consumer Affairs, (DLCA) continues to monitor the prices being charged to consumers by gas and essential commodity retail businesses such as grocery stores and supermarkets, to name a few.

Funding Still Needed For Homeless Programs, Waste Management

A successful program for the chronically homeless may get shut down if funding cannot be found; and the territory is facing fines if it cannot close St. Croix's Anguilla landfill.

Senate Considers Updating 1921 Petit Larceny Law

 The threshold for petty larceny versus grand larceny, set at $100 sometime between 1921 and 1941, will be increased to $500 if a bill before the Legislature is enacted into law.

Rules Committee Passes Designated Caregiver Bill

 The Senate Rules Committee Wednesday sent to the full Senate a bills requiring the territory's hospitals to allow a patient to designate a caregiver upon admission to give that person information on what care is needed after they leave.

State of the Territory: Mapp Pledges Action On Pension Reform

Gov. Kenneth E. Mapp promised serious action to address the drowning V.I. government pension system this year. Mapp made the pledge during his second state of the territory address Monday.

 

Mapp Vetoes Bill Creating Senate Fund for Nonprofits

Governor vetoes bill that would have created a fund for senators to make contribution to non-profit organizations, approves two measures to support local law enforcement.

V.I. Justice Department Agreed to Drop Charges Against DeJongh, but Hasn’t

The Justice Department signed an agreement to drop all charges against former Gov. John deJongh Jr. and former PFA Director Julito Francis, but as of Friday, had not yet dropped the charges.

Senate Making Existing Felonies into New Felonies

Defrauding property owners through government property auctions, which is currently charged as felony fraud, will also be its own separate felony category if a bill approved in committee becomes law.

Government Leave for Blood Donations Nearer to Becoming Law

The Rules and Judiciary Committee approved bills allowing government employees to take paid time off work to give blood, increasing identity theft penalties and mandating information in budget preparations.

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