ST. THOMAS- Members of the Committee on Rules and Judiciary chaired by Sen. Janelle K. Sarauw, convened in a meeting at the Capitol Building on Thursday, and voted favorably for two nominations sent to the Legislature by Governor Albert Bryan; set forth from Section (16) of the Revised Organic Act of 1954, and Title 3, Section 65a of the Virgin Islands Code. Lawmakers also voted and approved several measures. All approved items on the agenda will be forwarded to the Full Body for further consideration.
The approved nominees are Marise James, Esq. to serve on the Virgin Islands Government Hospitals and Health Facilities Corporation representing the St. Croix District and Dina Perry-Malone to serve as a member on the Virgin Islands Authority Board of Commissioners for the St. Thomas-St. John District. James vowed that her first order of business is to become knowledgeable of all duties and responsibilities to include the governance structure, hospitals, medical personnel, and the Health Care Industry. “I appreciate your candidness because nominees may not know everything but your commitment to utilizing critical and analytical skills in gaining knowledge is key,” said Sen. Sarauw. Perry-Malone, who served on the V.I. Authority Board for two years indicated that her goal is to continue increasing the number of participants in the Family Self-Sufficiency Program that ultimately ends in homeownership. Currently, there are twenty-five participants of which three are slated to graduate from the program.
Similarly, senators voted and approved: Bill No. 33-0232- An Act to fully adopt and enact the Uniform Residential Mortgage Satisfaction Act. The Division of Banking, Insurance, and Financial Regulation Director Gwendolyn Brady shared recommendations to strengthen the bill. Brady noted that some of the suggested amendments are inclusive of allowing the lender reasonable time to respond and to ensure full compliance, providing the borrower a detailed payoff Statement, and to require the lender to provide the borrower a copy of the recorded release.
Separately, lawmakers voted to remove off of the agenda: Bill No. 33-0374- An Act amending Title 32 of the Virgin Islands Code relating to the Magens Bay Authority Board of Directors of the Magens Bay Authority to change the composition of the Board and the method of appointing members. However, senators voted favorably for the following:
- Bill No. 33-0433- An Act amending Title 19 Virgin Islands Code, chapter 34, section 777 (b), relating to the composition of the Cannabis Advisory Board
- Bill No. 33-0367- An Act amending Title 3 Virgin Islands Code, chapter 1, section 27f, to change the composition of the Commission on Aging and its duties and for other related purposes
- Bill 33-0282- An Act amending Title 3, chapter 18, subchapter II, section 312(a) of the Virgin Islands Code by adding the Athletic Director of the University of the Virgin Islands and the Little League Administrator, or a representative, to the membership of the Virgin Islands Sports Commission
- Bill No 33-0364- An Act amending Title 1, Virgin Islands Code, chapter 7, by inserting section 111 relating to the recognition of indigenous tribes as official tribes of the Virgin Islands, and Title 3, Virgin Islands Code, chapter 14 by inserting section 234 creating the Virgin Islands Indigenous Indian Tribe Identification Card as amended
- Bill No 33-0369- An Act authorizing the removal of the copper bust of King Christian IX from the Emancipation Garden and replacing it with the statue of “The Conch Shell Blower” statue and appropriating $20,000 from the St. Thomas Capital Improvement Fund for the removal and replacement of the bust
- Bill No. 33-0233- A Resolution honoring and commending Mr. Randolph “Junior” Donovan and Mr. Kashief “DJ General Kuntry” Hamilton for their heroism in saving the life of a cruise passenger at the West Indian Company Dock
- Bill No. 33-0285- An Act honoring and commending Noel “Breeze” Boynes, Sr. for his service to his community of St. John and naming the car ferry dock in St. Thomas “The Noel “Breeze” Boynes, Sr. Car Ferry Dock” in his honor
- Bill No 33-0150- An Act posthumously honoring and commending Manassah Francis for his significant entrepreneurship and service to the people of the Virgin Islands
- Bill No. 33-0247- A Resolution honoring and commending Wallace D. Williams for his years of extensive work and service as a librarian and his accomplishments as an Olympic athlete representing the U.S. Virgin Islands in multiple competitions