ST. THOMAS – The Committee on Rules and Judiciary, under the leadership of Senator Diane T. Capehart convened in the Earle B. Ottley Legislative Hall. Lawmakers received testimony considering the nominations of Clement “Cain” Magras to the Virgin Islands Public Services Commission and Kasima I. Knight-Hodge to the Virgin Islands Real Estate Commission. All approved nominees will be forwarded to the full body at the next Legislative Session.
In Block One, testimony was received considering the nomination of Clement “Cain” Magras as a board member of the Virgin Islands Public Services Commission for the District of St. Thomas. Referring to the EPA forum held on Wednesday, October 25th regarding the water quality issues on the island of St. Croix, Capehart reports that she requested more public education outreach, a water distribution center or door-to-door water delivery, free lead testing for individuals with no insurance, water treatment to prevent further exposure, and removal of corrosive pipes with the highest lead risk with a sense of urgency. She further pleads for “the need for a sense of urgency on behalf of the residents of St. Croix. As Legislators, it is our duty to advocate on behalf of our residents on matters that improve their quality of life.” Magras voiced major concern over the lead found in St. Croix’s water supply and stated that he believed the Public Services Commission should have been monitoring the water, performing its own testing, and should be taking a more active role concerning water quality issues.
The nomination of Magras was voted upon favorably.
In Block Two, testimony was received considering the nomination of Kasima I. Knight-Hodge as the Governor’s Nominee to the Virgin Islands Real Estate Commission. When asked about her goals, Knight-Hodge stated that she wished to create a simpler process to file complaints to the Real Estate Commission and to show how the complaint process is proceeding. Knight-Hodge mentioned that the Virgin Islands Real Estate market is in high demand, but very little Virgin Islanders have seen it as an attainable occupation. She implored that the Commission invite the youth of the Virgin Islands to explore the profession. Knight-Hodge championed real estate education, stating that many locals were at a disadvantage, not knowing proper rules and procedures, as well as voicing concerns over high housing prices in the territory.
The nomination of Knight-Hodge was voted upon favorably.
Senators present at today’s Committee meeting included Diane T. Capehart, Milton E. Potter, Angel L. Bolques, Jr., Kenneth L. Gittens, Carla J. Joseph, and Milton E. Potter. Senator Marise James was absent from the Committee meeting.
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