BILL TO PROVIDE PRISONERS WITH EDUCATIONAL & VOCATIONAL TRAINING WAS APPROVED

ST. THOMAS – Members of the Committee on Rules and Judiciary, chaired by Sen. Kenneth Gittens, held a meeting at the Capitol Building on Thursday, to approve Bill No. 31-0074-An Act to allow for sentence reduction for successful completion of academic or vocational training while imprisoned.

The measure seeks to offer incentives to incarcerated persons to pursue education of higher learning and to curtail idle time at the confining institution.

Sponsor of the Bill, Sen. Nereida Rivera O’Reilly, stated that this measure allows the Government of the Virgin Islands and the Prison System to collaborate in rehabilitating each prisoner to ensure that he/she will be prepared to re-enter into society.

CMTE. DISCUSSES CORRUPTION AS THEY CONSIDER MEASURE RE-ESTABLISHING OFFICE OF INSPECTOR GENERAL

ST.THOMAS—The Committee on Government Services, Consumer and Veterans Affairs, chaired by Sen. Justin Harrigan Sr., met to consider a measure to re-establish the office of the Inspector General as a semi-autonomous agency, Wednesday, at the Earle B. Ottley Legislative Hall.

Bill No. 31-0014, which was ultimately held in committee, was sponsored by Senators Clifford F. Graham, Nereida Rivera O’Reilly and Sammuel Sanes. The measure provided an annual appropriation of one half of one percent of the overall budget of the government, but not less than $3,000,000 to the Office of the Virgin Islands Inspector General.

LAWMAKERS DISCUSS THE FLAWS OF THE 2014 POST ELECTION

 

ST. THOMAS - The Committee on the Whole, led by Senate President Neville James, met with officials from the Elections System of the U.S. Virgin Islands and the Board of Elections to discuss the 2014 Primary, General and Run-off Elections on Tuesday at the Capitol Building.

“This is an informational meeting to discuss the events that occurred during the 2014 Post Election. I am hoping that based on the testimonies today, it will allow for a smoother campaign process for 2016 elections,” said Sen. James.

According to Caroline Fawkes, Supervisor of Elections of the Election System of the Virgin Islands, the budget for the Primary Election held on August 2, 2014 was $350,000 in which only $280,000 was expended. The St.Thomas/St. John expenditures were $108,302.50 and $172, 373.70 was spent for the District of St. Croix. Although, on STT/STJ District there are 17,269 registered voters, only 5,070 people voted. On STX District there are 18,104 registered voters, however, only 5,488 voted.