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Legislature Corner: Blyden Lauds Summer Food Benefit Program for V.I. Students

Senator Marvin Blyden, vice-chair of the Committee on Human Services, praised the upcoming launch of a permanent federal food benefit program. Under this program, all 12,000 plus children enrolled in school lunch participating schools will receive a SNAP benefit to help with food expenses during the summer months.

Legislature Corner: Senator Requests Help in Identifying Fallen VIPD Officers

Sen. Diane T. Capehart seeks to pass legislation honoring the fallen law enforcement officers in the territory and provide memorial signage.

Legislature Corner: Carrión’s Bill Standardizes and Links Government Websites

Sen. Samuel Carrión’s forward-thinking legislation to enhance and modernize the digital services of governmental agencies across the Virgin Islands was approved by senators on Monday, June 24.

Legislature Corner: Plaskett, Colleagues Hold Panel on AI and Black Innovators

Rep. Plaskett, Rep. Strickland and Rep. Yvette Clarke (NY-09) joined the Black Innovation Alliance, Microsoft and several distinguished panelists for the “Future of AI: Ensuring Equity for Black Innovators,” event— a discussion on the future of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and equality for Black Innovators.

Legislature Corner: Amendment Provides Funding for Local Farmers’ Agricultural Machinery

On June 24, the 35th Legislature voted favorably on Sen. Diane Capehart’s Amendment No. 35-731 to provide funding for agricultural machinery and equipment to local farmers. Advanced technology in farming has increased profits and decreased the use of water, fertilizer and pesticides.

Legislature Corner: Gittens Calls for Opinion of WAPA Board Composition

Senate Majority Leader Kenneth L. Gittens is calling on the Supreme Court of the Virgin Islands to render its opinion in the case, which focuses on the validity of Act 8472 - Legislation to reorganize the composition of the Water and Power Authority Board, he announced Friday. 

Legislature Corner: Blyden Expresses Deep Concern Amid Latest Corruption Allegations; Urges Recommitment to Transparency and Accountability

Sen. Marvin Blyden, Senate vice president and chairman of the Committee on Housing, Transportation & Telecommunications, expressed his outrage and concern regarding the recent revelations of corruption by public officials and lamented the impact that misuse of funds or resources has on the public, both in terms of services not delivered and of erosion of public trust.

Legislature Corner: Plaskett Joins Congressional Delegation to Normandy in Honor of 80th D-Day

Congresswoman Stacey E. Plaskett travels with Congressional delegation to Normandy, France, to honor the anniversary of D-Day.

Legislature Corner: Plaskett Makes Statement on DOJ’s Response to Calls to Condemn Insular Cases

"Last month, I co-led a bipartisan, bicameral letter, signed by 43 members of Congress, urging the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) to condemn and cease reliance on the racist rulings of the Insular Cases that continue to negatively impact U.S. territories, today."

Legislature Corner: Plaskett Accompanies Biden on Air Force One

Thursday, Congresswoman Stacey Plaskett accompanied President Joe Biden, and they met Vice President Kamala Harris on Air Force One to attend a rally at Girard College and a later meeting with Black Businesses in Philadelphia, Penn.

Legislature Corner: The State of WAPA’s Infrastructure and Management is Unacceptable

Senator-At-Large Angel Bolques Jr. expresses deep concern over Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority's capacity and reliability.

Legislature Corner: Kaine, Plaskett, Cherfilus-McCormick Head Letter Urging Security Funding for Haiti

Congresswoman Plaskett and two other members of Congress are leading the fight to lift the hold by Republicans on the State Department’s request for $94 million to alleviate the crisis in Haiti.

Legislature Corner: Plaskett Hosts National Police Week Reception Honoring Fallen VI Heroes

Congresswoman Stacey E. Plaskett hosted a reception in honor of National Police Week, where two fallen heroes from the U.S. Virgin Islands, Detective Delbert Phipps Jr. and Patrolman Lionel E. Issa, were celebrated.

Legislature Corner: WAPA Problems Must Be Resolved Cooperatively

Senate Majority Leader Sen. Kenneth L. Gittens says that vetoes of legislation passed to help address the ongoing crisis at the Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority are not productive.

Legislature Corner: Plaskett Issues Statement on Government Addressing Territorial Data Gaps

“The GAO report recommends that the OMB develop a coordinated, government-wide strategy to involve the territories in federal statistical outputs and address these data gaps effectively.”

Legislature Corner: Plaskett Issues Statement on Preservation of Estate Whim on St. Croix

Congresswoman Stacey E. Plaskett writes that Estate Whim’s historical and cultural contributions span from the 18th century to the present day.

Legislature Corner: Plaskett Applauds VIEO on Solar for All Grant of $62.6M

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has given a grant to the Virgin Islands Energy Office that will enable low-income and disadvantaged households to benefit from solar power.

Legislature Corner: Sen. Joseph’s Bills Secure Monthly Default Child Support, Renames Street for Bishop Dr. William A. Industrious

Senator Carla Joseph is pleased to announce that two bills she sponsored were signed into law by Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. on April 11.

Legislature Corner: Part-time Students Now Get Free Tuition

Sen. Samuel Carrion declares victory for legislation to expand free UVI tuition to part-time students.

Legislature Corner: A Vision for a Greener Maritime Future

Senator-At-Large Angel L. Bolques attended SeaTrade24 and expresses the importance of Maritime Scholarship Bill 35-0133: A New Era for Virgin Islanders in the Maritime Industry.


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