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Senate Making Existing Felonies into New Felonies

Defrauding property owners through government property auctions, which is currently charged as felony fraud, will also be its own separate felony category if a bill approved in committee becomes law.

Government Leave for Blood Donations Nearer to Becoming Law

The Rules and Judiciary Committee approved bills allowing government employees to take paid time off work to give blood, increasing identity theft penalties and mandating information in budget preparations.

Robles, Walker Sworn into Cabinet Posts

Carlos A. Robles and Claude Earl Walker were sworn in Thursday as commissioner of the V.I. Department of Agriculture and V.I. attorney general, according to a news release issued by Government House.

Two Nominees to Banking Board Approved in Rules Committee

The Rules and Judiciary Committee unanimously approved two nominees to represent St. Croix on the Banking Board, sending Rosalie Javois and Richard Grant on for a vote before the full Legislature.

Governor Makes Promises to Three New Cabinet Members

Property and Procurement Commissioner Randolph Bennett, Bureau of Corrections Director Rick Mullgrav and V.I. Fire Services Director Clifford Joseph were sworn into office Wednesday.

BIR Reminds Residents to File Income Tax Returns in V.I.

The Virgin Islands Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR, aka the Bureau), reminds all bona fide residents of the V.I. that they are required to file their individual income tax returns in the V.I. with the Bureau, not the IRS.

Mapp Names Bollentini, Jones to Government Posts

Gov. Kenneth E. Mapp has named Nicole Bollentini to be the Office of the Governor’s next director of communications. Kimberly Jones has been appointed deputy commissioner of health.

Mapp Vetoes ‘Ill-Considered’ EDC Bill

Gov. Kenneth E. Mapp on Monday vetoed a bill that would have prevented nonresidents hired by or owning a company receiving benefits from the Economic Development Commission from achieving residency status during their period of employment or ownership.

Casino Control Commission Announces Responsible Gambling Awareness Week

The Virgin Islands Casino Control Commission has announced it will conduct the first V.I. Responsible Gambling Awareness Week from Dec. 7-12. The Commission, in collaboration with the National Council on Problem Gambling and ABC Behavioral Consulting Services LLC, will hold a series of events throughout the territory to promote responsible gambling.

Applications for Federal Money for Violence Against Women Available

The U.S. Department of Justice Office of Violence Against Women has made STOP funds available to the territory of the U.S. Virgin Islands. Funding is based on a statutory formula, according to a press release issued on Friday by Law Enforcement Planning Commission (LEPC).

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