This Week’s Senate Calendar for March 2-6, 2020

: The Legislature of the Virgin Islands Capitol Building (Source photo by Bethaney Lee)

Senate Calendar 33rd Legislature of The Virgin Islands

 Monday, March 2

10 a.m.

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

The Bennie and Martha Benjamin Conference Room, V.I. Cardiac Center at Gov. Juan F. Luis Hospital and Medical Center, St. Croix


The committee will meet to consider the following bills:


10 a.m.

Bill No. 33-0276 – An Act amending Title 3, Virgin Islands Code, chapter 27, sections 718 and 767, relating to the financing of the Government Employees’ Retirement System to require the Government Employees’ Retirement Board of Trustees to seek approval from the Legislature of the Virgin Islands before raising member contribution rates (Sponsored by Senator Alicia V. Barnes)

Bill No. 33-0217 – An Act authorizing the Department of Property and Procurement, in conjunction with other agencies, to refurbish the building located at No. 1 Norre Gade on St. Thomas and convert it into public restrooms to be used by the public, including tourists (Sponsored by Senators Stedmann Hodge Jr. and Myron D. Jackson)


1:30 p.m.

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 (Sponsored by Senator Kurt A. Vialet)

Tuesday, March 3

No committee meetings will be held today.

Wednesday, March 4

No committee meetings will be held today.

Thursday, March 5

10 a.m.

Committee on Health, Hospitals and Human Services

Earle B. Ottley Legislative Hall, St. Thomas


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

10 a.m. to Noon

Bill No. 33-0244 – An Act to amend Title 1, chapter 11, of the Virgin Islands Code, to declare the month of May as Virgin Islands Mental Health Awareness Month and to assign the responsibilities of increasing mental health awareness and reducing the stigma of mental illness to the Department of Health and the Department of Education (Sponsored by Senators Donna Frett-Gregory, Alicia V. Barnes, Novelle Francis Jr. and Steven D. Payne)

LUNCH: Noon to 1 p.m.

1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Bill No. 33-0242 — A Resolution to petition the members of 116th United States Congress to terminate the statutory cap on overall Medicaid funding to the territory, to eliminate the specific limit of 55 percent on the rate of federal matching funds for Medicaid in the 6erritory and to provide for the eligibility of the territory to receive Medicaid disproportionate share hospital payments, so that the 6erritory can strengthen its Medicaid program to enroll and provide care for all of the 6erritory’s residents who are Medicaid eligible, and for additional funding to help offset the 6erritory’s uncompensated care costs a (Sponsored by Donna Frett-Gregory)

5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.

The Committee will receive testimony on the updates and preventative measures on the Coronavirus threat.

Friday, March 6

No committee meetings will be held today.