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Senate: Government Operations, Consumer Affairs, Environment, etc.
September 18 @ 10:00 am
The committee will receive testimony and consider the following bills:
BLOCK I 10 am – Noon
Bill No. 33-0105 — An Act amending Title 12, chapter 21, Virgin Islands Coastal Zone Management by: (1) updating the chapter to reflect the current name of the department, (2) increasing the term and per diem of members of the Coastal Zone Management Commission, (3) modifying some of the standards for the issuance of coastal zone permits, (4) modifying some of the requirements for the issuance of permits for the development or occupancy of trust lands or other submerged or filled lands, and (5) decreasing the time-period for filing an appeal with the Board of Land Use Appeals and decreasing the time period within which the Board of Land Use Appeals must hold a public hearing on an appeal (Proposed by Senators Alicia V. Barnes, Marvin A. Blyden, Kurt A. Vialet, Janelle K. Sarauw, Steven D. Payne Sr. and Javan E. James Sr.)
Bill No. 33-0108 – An Act amending Title 12, chapter 10, section 402 of the Virgin Islands Code by requiring owners of shoreline property to provide the public with suitable access to the shorelines, imposing fines for failure to comply with this requirement, and granting the Department of Planning and Natural Resources enforcement and investigative authority regarding shoreline access (Proposed by Senators Janelle K. Sarauw, Novelle E. Francis Jr. and Kurt A. Vialet; co- sponsor: Sen. Alicia V. Barnes)
Bill No. 33-0100 – An Act amending Title 20, part II, chapter 39, section 46(b) (1) of the Virgin Islands Code by including persons who are handicapped within the class of persons exempt from being charged a fee for a handicapped window decal. (Proposed by Sen. Alicia V. Barnes)
Bill No. 33-0068 – An Act to amend Title 20, part II, chapter 32, subchapter 1 of the Virgin Islands Code by adding a new section to create a process for transferring a vehicle upon the death of an individual, without going through the probate process. (Proposed by Senator Janelle K. Sarauw)
Noon – 12: 30 p.m.
12:30 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Bill No. 33-0119 — An Act amending Title 27, chapter 9, subchapter I, section 303(a) of the Virgin Islands Code requiring that an initial business license be issued within three days of application. (Proposed by Senator Alicia V. Barnes)
Bill No. 33-0111 – An Act amending Title 19, part VI, of the Virgin Islands Code by adding a new chapter 56B requiring that the Waste Management Authority designate disposal sites throughout the territory for waste tires and creating the Waste Tire Management and Disposal Fund. (Proposed by Sen. Novelle E. Francis Jr.)
Bill No. 33-0103 — An Act amending the following provisions of the Virgin Islands Code: (1) Title 3, chapter 25, subchapter VI, by adding a new section 583d providing for maternity, paternity, and adoption leave for government employees; (2) Title 19, part I, chapter 7, by adding new sections 154, 155, and 156 providing for learning evaluation of children, postpartum care and minimum standards of health care for incarcerated women and men; (3) Title 19, part IV, chapter 37, subchapter II, section 831(a), by establishing a new procedure for obtaining an initial birth certificate; (4) Title 17, chapter 11, section 130 and Title 17, chapter 9, subchapter I, section 87, by prohibiting the use of corporal punishment; and (5) Title 17, chapter 9, subchapter I, by adding a new section 86a providing for paid time off from work so that parents may visit their children’s schools; and providing that certain health care facilities hire discharge planners not later than January 2020. (Proposed by Senator Janelle K. Sarauw)