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Tuesday, November 20, 2018
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Senate Creating New Unfunded Task Force

The V.I. Government will have a new unfunded mandate to create a task force on crime and public health, involving the heads of many government agencies, if a bill approved Wednesday becomes law.

Mapp to Visit China on Trade Mission

At the invitation of oil and gas giant Sinopec, Gov. Kenneth Mapp announced he will soon be heading to China on a “trade mission” that would explore additional investment in the territory.

Mapp Signs Wage Increases and WAPA Bill Payment

This week Gov. Kenneth Mapp signed legislation to permanently increase government salaries to negotiated contract levels, using one-time windfall funding from the Hovensa sale.

New Directors Named at Tourism

The Tourism Department announced two new directors: Canika John as director of marketing and Frances Williams-Augustin as director of visitor experience for St. Croix.

Mapp Approves Lonesome Dove Funds for GERS, but Impact Limited

Gov. Kenneth Mapp signed into law this week eight measures recently passed by the Legislature, including expanded local hiring requirements and several election reform proposals.

House Approves Plaskett Centennial Commission Bill

The U.S. House of Representatives passed Delegate Stacey Plaskett's bill creating a V.I. centennial commission, paving the way for Congress to assist in raising the profile of Transfer Day 2017.

Volunteer Pay Commission to Recommend Government Salary Levels

A temporary, voluntary compensation committee will be created to consider pay raises for some government officials and judges if a bill approved Wednesday by the Rules Committee becomes law.

Rules Committee Passes Female Juvenile Justice Bill

Human Services is "directed" to develop a "comprehensive care program for females in the Youth Rehabilitation Center and the Juvenile Justice System" in a bill approved by the Rules Committee.

CBC Joins Plaskett in Call for Obama to Visit USVI

The Congressional Black Caucus joined Delegate Stacey Plaskett in encouraging President Barack Obama to visit the U.S. Virgin Islands before the end of his term this year, according to Plaskett's office.

Senate Considering Government Pay Commission

Some government officials, cabinet members and judges will be up for pay raises every four years, with pay set by a compensation committee, if a bill approved in committee becomes law.

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