FINANCE COMMITTEE HELD THREE BILLS

St. Croix--the Committee on Finance, chaired by Senator Clifford Graham, met Tuesday in the Frits E. Lawaetz Legislative Conference Room, St. Croix to consider Bills No. 31-0398, 31-0353, 31-0338, 31-0432, and 31-0435.

Bill No. 31-0398 sponsored by Senator Nereida Rivera O’Reilly seeks to repeal the Virgin Islands rate of duty on foreign articles shipped from within a U.S. Custom Zone. The Senator said this Bill was discussed three times in previous legislatures. Testifying on the Bill, Valdamier Collens, Commissioner of Finance said the Mapp-Potter Administration strongly supports the purpose and intent of Bill No. 31-0398 which is to use local legislative power to rescind the locally-assessed customs duties. He added that to better effect the foregoing purpose and intent of the proposed legislation, the Governor has submitted two amendments to the Bill which he would like the Legislature to take into consideration before any final action.

SPECIAL SESSION WILL BE HELD AT SUPERIOR COURT THURSDAY NOVEMBER 4TH

ST.THOMAS—The 31st Legislature of the Virgin Islands, chaired by Senate President Neville A. James, will hold a Special Session called by Governor Kenneth E. Mapp, at 2:00pm on Thursday November 4th, on the 3rd floor of the Ceremonial Courtroom at the Superior Court on the grounds of the Alexander A. Farrelly Justice Center.

The change in location is due to ongoing equipment upgrades at the Earle B. Ottley Legislative Hall.

“Presiding Judge Michael Dunston has graciously made the courtroom available to the Legislature,” said Iver Stridiron, Executive Director of the Legislature, in an inter-office memo Tuesday. “Please note that because of the slightly different setup of the Courtroom vis a vis the Earle B. Ottley Chamber, some seating revisions will be made to comfortably accommodate Senators, testifiers and staff.”

The session is to consider an amended version of Bill No. 31-0447; the original measure was vetoed by the governor. The amended bill would assure the continuance of government operations. Without passing it, no guarantees can be made as to the availability of funding for payroll, vendors, services and tax refunds, said Gov. Mapp.

For more information, contact Iver Stridiron by calling (340) 774-0880 ext. 3537.

SPECIAL SESSION WILL BE HELD AT SUPERIOR COURT THURSDAY NOVEMBER 4TH

ST.THOMAS—The 31st Legislature of the Virgin Islands, chaired by Senate President Neville A. James, will hold a Special Session called by Governor Kenneth E. Mapp, at 2:00pm on Thursday November 4th, on the 3rd floor of the Ceremonial Courtroom at the Superior Court on the grounds of the Alexander A. Farrelly Justice Center.

The change in location is due to ongoing equipment upgrades at the Earle B. Ottley Legislative Hall.

“Presiding Judge Michael Dunston has graciously made the courtroom available to the Legislature,” said Iver Stridiron, Executive Director of the Legislature, in an inter-office memo Tuesday. “Please note that because of the slightly different setup of the Courtroom vis a vis the Earle B. Ottley Chamber, some seating revisions will be made to comfortably accommodate Senators, testifiers and staff.”

The session is to consider an amended version of Bill No. 31-0447; the original measure was vetoed by the governor. The amended bill would assure the continuance of government operations. Without passing it, no guarantees can be made as to the availability of funding for payroll, vendors, services and tax refunds, said Gov. Mapp.

For more information, contact Iver Stridiron by calling (340) 774-0880 ext. 3537.