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Senate Considers Updating 1921 Petit Larceny Law

 The threshold for petty larceny versus grand larceny, set at $100 sometime between 1921 and 1941, will be increased to $500 if a bill before the Legislature is enacted into law.

Rules Committee Passes Designated Caregiver Bill

 The Senate Rules Committee Wednesday sent to the full Senate a bills requiring the territory's hospitals to allow a patient to designate a caregiver upon admission to give that person information on what care is needed after they leave.

State of the Territory: Mapp Pledges Action On Pension Reform

Gov. Kenneth E. Mapp promised serious action to address the drowning V.I. government pension system this year. Mapp made the pledge during his second state of the territory address Monday.

 

Mapp Vetoes Bill Creating Senate Fund for Nonprofits

Governor vetoes bill that would have created a fund for senators to make contribution to non-profit organizations, approves two measures to support local law enforcement.

V.I. Justice Department Agreed to Drop Charges Against DeJongh, but Hasn’t

The Justice Department signed an agreement to drop all charges against former Gov. John deJongh Jr. and former PFA Director Julito Francis, but as of Friday, had not yet dropped the charges.

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.

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