This Week’s Senate Calendar for Aug. 3-7

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

33rd Legislature of the Virgin Islands

Senate Calendar

Monday, August 3

No committees will meet today.

Tuesday, August 4

9 a.m.

Committee on Finance (Budget Hearing)

Earle B. Ottley Legislative Hall, St. Thomas

Agenda (REVISED)

The committee has scheduled a meeting to receive testimony and consider the following bills:

Block I

Bill No. 33-0303 – An Act amending Title 32, Virgin Islands Code, chapter 21, Article XIV, sections 604 (d), 607 (d) and 610 (a) and (c), 625 (a) and (c), 634, 637 and 638 relating to Internet Gaming and Gambling licensing and fees requirements and matters related thereto (Proposed by Senators Novelle E. Francis Jr. and Kurt A. Vialet)

Bill No. 33-0254 – An Act amending Act No. 7233 to reprogram monies appropriated to the Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority to be used for the expansion of the Bovoni Waterline project (Proposed by Senators Dwayne M. DeGraff and Steven D. Payne Sr.)

Block II

Bill No. 33-0232 – An Act to fully adopt and enact the Uniform Residential Mortgage Satisfaction Act (URMSA) (Proposed by Senator Oakland Benta)

Wednesday, August 5

10 a.m.

Committee of the Whole

Earle B. Ottley Legislative Hall, St. Thomas

Agenda

The Committee of the Whole has scheduled a hearing to consider and review concerns raised about no-bid contracts, proposals and the contracting process under exigent circumstances

Thursday, August 6

9 a.m.

Committee on Finance (Budget Hearing)

Earle B. Ottley Legislative Hall, St. Thomas

Agenda

The committee will receive testimony on the proposed Fiscal Year 2021 Executive Budget for the Government of the Virgin Islands

9 a.m. – University of the Virgin Islands

Noon – Lunch

1 p.m. – Territorial Public Defender

2:30 p.m. – Office of Collective Bargaining

3 p.m.

Committee on Education and Workforce Development

Earle B. Ottley Legislative Hall, St. Thomas

Agenda

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

Update on SY2020/2021 Reopening Plan for schools due to COVID-19 closure

School readiness

Update on Cares Act Funds

Friday, August 7

9:30 a.m.

Committee on Government Operations, Consumer Affairs, Energy, Environment and Planning

Earle B. Ottley Legislative Hall, St. Thomas

Agenda

The committee has scheduled a meeting to take action and receive testimony on the following bills:

Block I (For Action Only)

Bill No. 33 -0198 – An Act amending Title 14, chapter 7, section 192 of the Virgin Islands Code, by increasing the penalty for the illegal importation of snakes and imposing penalties for the importation of animals or species not indigenous to the Virgin Islands which may pose a threat to the ecosystem of the Virgin Islands and the people of the Virgin Islands (Proposed by Senator Athneil “Bobby” Thomas)

Bill No. 33-0115 – An Act amending Title 24, chapter 14, of the Virgin Islands Code, by inserting a new section 384 relating to the transfer of the Virgin Islands Labor Management Committee as a division within the Public Employees Relations Board (Proposed by Senator Kurt A. Vialet)

Block II

Bill No. 33-0325 – An Act amending Title 23, Virgin Islands Code, chapter 10, subchapter I, relating to emergencies and major disasters by adding a section 1017 to prohibit unconscionable pricing of goods and services during a declaration of a state of emergency (Proposed by Senator Alicia V. Barnes)

Bill No. 33-0111 – An Act amending Title 19, part VI, of the Virgin Islands Code, by adding a new chapter 56B requiring that the Waste Management Authority designate disposal sites throughout the territory for waste tires, and creating the Waste Tire Management and Disposal Fund (Proposed by Senator Novelle E. Francis Jr.; co-sponsored by Senator Allison L. DeGazon)

Block III

Bill No. 33-0272 – An Act amending the Virgin Islands Code Title 30, chapter 1, subchapter I, relating to public utilities adding section 1a to enact the Virgin Islands Ratepayers’ Bill of Rights; amending section 23 relating to powers of the Public Services Commission, adding subsection (c) to authorize the Public Services Commission to resolve ratepayers’ complaints and amending chapter 5, subchapter II, section 105, relating to powers of the Virgin Islands Ratepayers’ Bill of Rights (Proposed by Senators Alicia V. Barnes and Kenneth L. Gittens; co-sponsored by Senator Marvin A. Blyden)

Bill No. 33-0055 – An Act amending Title 3 and Title 30 of the Virgin Islands Code pertaining to the Public Services Commission (Proposed by Senator Janelle K. Sarauw)