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Senator Russell Urges Full Community Participation in Constitutional Convention Process
Senator Ronald E. Russell urges all members of the 25th Legislature along with the entire V.I. community to attend, listen to, or watch the dialogue, debate and consideration of convening a 5th constitutional convention in the upcoming senate meeting.
An attorney by profession, Senator Russell stated, "A constitutional convention would allow the people of the Virgin Islands and their representatives to determine the legal framework for our government." The establishment of a constitutional convention had been introduced through the Legislature on four separate occasions. However, each attempt failed to move through the Senate
"Several key issues must be addressed in a constitutional convention," stated Senator Russell. "Some issues are, electoral reform to include districting, numbered seats, and at-large elections, issues regarding the seat of government to include moving the capital, a Supreme Court of the VI, a Bill of Rights for Virgin Islanders and municipal government actions and policies.
Senator Russell is confident that the proposed convention will get the approval of the full senate body. "The strength of the 10 member Democratic majority will prove capable of passing legislation to establish a constitutional convention," stated Senator Russell.
The Senator expressed his confidence that this essential measure will be launched. "The 25th Legislature will establish this constitutional convention for the good of the people of the Virgin Islands," said the Senator.
"The passage of a constitutional convention would be a significant step for Virgin Islanders in their pursuit of self-determination and autonomy vis a vis the United States Government. I will perform my duty to improve and enhance the infrastructure of the Territory for Virgin Islanders and to support legislation that will bring this about.