This Week’s Senate Calendar, February 24-28

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

Senate Calendar 33rd Legislature of The Virgin Islands

Monday, February 24

No committee meetings will be held today.

Tuesday, February 25

10 a.m.

Committee on Economic Development, Regulations and Agriculture

Earle B. Ottley Legislative Hall, St. Thomas

Agenda:

The committee has scheduled a meeting to consider the following bills and to obtain an update from the Department of Agriculture

BLOCK I

10 a.m. – Noon

Bill No. 33-0229 — An act amending Title 3, chapter 17, section 291 of the Virgin Islands Code by replacing supervision and control of existing water catchment areas under the Department of Agriculture to be used for agricultural purposes; and amending Title 30, chapter 3, subchapter II, section 66 of the Virgin Islands Code, by relieving the Commissioner of Health from the responsibility for protection of water catchment areas and placing the responsibility upon the Commissioner of Agriculture. (Sponsored by Senator Dwayne DeGraff)

BLOCK II

1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Bill No. 33-0249 – An Act amending Title 7, chapter 9, section 9 of the Virgin Islands Code by adding a new paragraph mandating the Department of Agriculture and the Department of Tourism shall host an Agricultural symposium known as the V.I Agricultural Caribbean Symposium, alternately and annually on the islands of St. Croix, St. Thomas and St. John (Sponsored by Senators Javan E. James Sr. and Allison L. DeGazon)

Wednesday, February 26

No committee meetings will be held today.

Thursday, February 27

9 a.m.

Committee on Rules and Judiciary

Earle B. Ottley Legislative Hall, St. Thomas

Agenda:

The committee has scheduled a meeting to receive testimony, consider the following bills and to vote on a nomination.

BLOCK I

9 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.

BLOCK II

10:15 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Dr. Noreen Michael Ph.D., nominee, VI Housing Authority Board of Commissioners, St. Thomas-St. John District

BLOCK III

11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.

Bill No. 33-0137 — An Act authorizing the Virgin Islands Bureau of Economic Research, the Virgin Islands Department of Planning and Natural Resources, and the Virgin Islands Economic Development Authority to create a plan to assist the U.S. Virgin Islands in developing a sustainable blue economy within the territory (Sponsored by Senator Allison L. DeGazon)

Bill No. 33-0102 — An Act amending Title 17, chapter 15, section 190 of the Virgin Islands Code by including graduates of the Adult Education Center among those eligible to receive scholarships as valedictorian and salutatorian (Sponsored by Senator Allison DeGazon, Senator Kurt A. Vialet; Co-Sponsored by Senator Stedmann Hodge Jr.)

LUNCH

12:45 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

BLOCK IV

1:30 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.

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 Water and Power

Authority to require the Authority to comply with the Virgin Islands Ratepayers’ Bill of Rights (Sponsored by Senator Alicia V. Barnes and Senator Kenneth E. Gittens)

Bill No. 33-0210 — An Act amending Title 30, chapter 5, subchapter II, sections 103 and 104 of the Virgin Islands Code by establishing minimum criteria for the Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority Governing Board and changing the number of its members (Sponsored by Senator Alicia V. Barnes and Senator Kenneth E. Gittens)

Bill No. 33-0211 — An Act amending Title 3, chapter 16, section 273 of the Virgin Islands Code by establishing minimum criteria for Public Services Commission members and changing the number of its members (Sponsored by Senator Alicia V. Barnes, Senator Kenneth E. Gittens; Co-Sponsored by Stedmann Hodge Jr.)

BLOCK V

2:45 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Bill No. 33-0132 — An Act amending Title 3, chapter 27, section 715 of the Virgin Islands Code to strengthen the Board of the Government Employees Retirement System (GERS) by requiring greater expertise among Board members (Sponsored by Senator Kurt A. Vialet, Senator Janelle K. Sarauw; Co-Sponsored by Stedmann Hodge Jr.)

Friday, February 28

No committee meetings will be held today.

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