FISCAL YEAR 2021 GOVERNMENT OPERATION BILLS GETS FAVORABLE VOTE, ONE HELD IN COMMITTEE

Published: Sep 25, 2020

ST. THOMAS—Thursday evening, the Committee on Finance continued consideration of the day’s agenda. The Committee voted favorable for the Fiscal Year 2021 Budget Enabling Legislation for the Government of the Virgin Islands and sent the item on to the Committee on Rules and Judiciary for further consideration; however, with the exception of one item being held in committee for further consideration.

Bill No. 33-0377, an Act providing an appropriation from the General Fund of the Government of the Virgin Islands for the operation of the Government of the Virgin Islands during the Fiscal Year October 1, 2020, through September 30, 2021.

Bill No. 33-0378, an Act providing an appropriation from the Anti-litter and Beautification Fund to the Waste Management Authority and the Dept. of Public Works for operating expenses during the Fiscal Year October 1, 2020, to September 30, 2021.

Bill No. 33-0379, an Act providing an appropriation for the operating expenses of the Virgin Islands Board of Education from the General Fund during the Fiscal Year October 1, 2020, to September 30, 2021.

Bill No. 33-0380, an Act providing an appropriation for the operating expenses of the Bureau of Motor Vehicles of the Government of the Virgin Islands during the Fiscal Year October 1, 2020, to September 30, 2021.

Bill No. 33-0381, an Act providing an appropriation from the business and commercial properties revolving Fund of the Government of the Virgin Islands to the Dept. of Property and Procurement for operating expenses during the Fiscal Year October 1, 2020, to September 30, 2021.

Bill No. 33-0382, an Act providing an appropriation for the operating expenses of the Virgin Islands Career and Technical Education Board from the General Fund of the Government of the Virgin Islands during the Fiscal Year October 1, 2020, to September 30, 2021.

Bill No. 33-0383, an Act providing an appropriation from the Caribbean Basin Initiative Fund for the Fiscal Year October 1, 2020, through September 30, 2021.

Bill No. 33-0384, an Act providing an appropriation for the operation of the Judicial Branch of the Government of the Virgin Islands during the Fiscal Year October 1, 2020 to September 30, 2021.

Bill No. 33-0385, an Act providing an appropriation for salaries and expenses of the Board of Elections and the Office of the Supervisor for the Fiscal Year October 1, 2020 to September 30, 2021.

Bill No. 33-0386 an Act providing a lump sum appropriation from the Health Revolving Fund for the Fiscal Year October 1, 2020, through September 30, 2021.

Bill No. 33-0387, an Act providing an appropriation for the operating expenses of the Virgin Islands hospital and health facilities corporation from the General Fund of the Government of the Virgin Islands during the Fiscal Year October 1, 2020, to September 30, 2021.

Bill No. 33-0388, an Act providing a lump sum appropriation from the indirect cost Fund for salaries, operating expenses and for other purposes of the Office of Management and Budget, the Division of Personnel, the Dept. of Property and Procurement, and the Dept. of Finance for the Fiscal Year October 1, 2020, to September 30, 2021.

Bill No. 33-0389, an Act providing an appropriation for the operating expenses of the Virgin Islands Office of the Inspector General from the General Fund of the Government of the Virgin Islands during the Fiscal Year October 1, 2020, to September 30, 2021.

Bill No. 33-0390, an Act providing an appropriation for the sum of $14,500,000 from the Virgin Islands insurance guaranty Fund as a contribution to the General Fund for the Fiscal Year October 1, 2020, to September 30, 2021.

Bill No. 33-0391, an Act amending Virgin Islands Code, relating to the balance in the Insurance Guaranty Fund to amend the currently required $20,000,000 amount which is set to increase to $50,000,000 on September 30, 2020, to $30,000,000.

Bill No. 33-0392, an Act providing an appropriation for the sum of $1,100,000 from the interest earned on debt services reserves as a contribution to the General Fund for the Fiscal Year October 1, 2020, through September 30, 2021.

Bill No. 33-0393, an Act providing an appropriation from the Internal Revenue Matching Fund for the Fiscal Year October 1, 2020, through September 30, 2021.

Bill No. 33-0394, an Act providing an appropriation for the operation of the Legislature of the Virgin Islands during the Fiscal Year October 1, 2020, to September 30, 2021.

Bill No. 33-0395, an Act providing an appropriation for $78,960 from the VI Lottery as a contribution to the General Fund for the Fiscal Year October 1, 2020, to September 30, 2021.

Bill No. 33-0396, an Act providing an appropriation for the operating expenses of the Public Employees’ Relations Board and the Labor Management Committee for the Fiscal Year October 1, 2020, to September 30, 2021.

Bill No. 33-0397, an Act providing an appropriation to the Public Services Commission for the Fiscal Year October 1, 2020, through September 30, 2021, for operating expenses.

Bill No. 33-0398, an Act providing an appropriation for operating expenses of the Waste Management Authority from the sewer system Fund of the Government of the Virgin Islands for the Fiscal Year October 1, 2020, through September 30, 2021.

Bill No. 33-0399, an Act providing an appropriation for operating expenses of the Dept. of Public Works and the Waste Management Authority from the St. John Capital Improvement Fund of the Government of the Virgin Islands for the Fiscal Year October 1, 2020, through September 30, 2021. This bill was held in the Committee of Finance.

Bill No. 33-0400, an Act providing an appropriation for the sum of $2,000,000 from the Internal Revenue Matching Fund as a contribution to the St. Croix Capital Improvement Fund for the Fiscal Year October 1, 2020, through September 30, 2021.

Bill No. 33-0401, an Act providing an appropriation to the Virgin Islands Taxicab Commission for the Fiscal Year October 1, 2020, to September 30, 2021.

Bill No. 33-0402, an Act providing an appropriation from the Tourism Advertising Revolving Fund to the Office of Management and Budget, Virgin Islands Police Dept., the Dept. of Public Works, the Virgin Islands Waste Management Agency, and the Dept. of Tourism during the Fiscal Year October 1, 2020, through September 30, 2021.

Bill No. 33-0403, an Act providing an appropriation from the Tourism Advertising Revolving Fund to the Dept. of Education, Dept. of Agriculture, and Dept. of Sports, Parks, and Recreation during the Fiscal Year October 1, 2020, through September 30, 2021.

Bill No. 33-0404, an Act providing an appropriation for the sum of $10,000,000 from the Transportation Trust Fund as a contribution to the General Fund for the Fiscal Year October 1, 2020, to September 30, 2021.

Bill No. 33-0405, an Act providing an appropriation for the salaries and expenses of the University of the Virgin Islands during the Fiscal Year October 1, 2020, to September 30, 2021.

Bill No. 33-0406, an Act providing an appropriation for the operating expenses of the Virgin Islands Waste Management Authority from the General Fund of the Government of the Virgin Islands during the Fiscal Year October 1, 2020, to September 30, 2021.

Bill No. 33-0407, An Act to make FY 2020 Funds available until expended by amending Act No. 8219, thereby providing funds for the renovation of the Board of Education’s Guirty House and Act No. 8245 thereby providing Funds for DPNR’s office relocation; DOE’s VI history books, Legislative Civic Education initiative, stem summer project, Claude O. Markoe steelpan trolley, LEGVI’s gasoline excise tax consultant/lobbyist; and DSPR Funds for the sports commission and track and field federation equipment.

Bill No. 33-0408, an Act providing an appropriation from the Government Insurance Fund of the Government of the Virgin Islands to the Dept. of labor and the Dept. of Finance for operating expenses during the Fiscal Year October 1, 2020, to September 30, 2021.

Bill No. 33-0409 an Act amending Act No. 8171, section 1(b) by changing GERS direct contribution to outstanding employer contributions only.

Bill No. 33-0412 an Act making an appropriation of $30,000 to the University of the Virgin Islands as a grant to the league of women voters to conduct an educational campaign on the referendum to be held at the November 2020 general election.

Bill No. 33-0413 an Act making an appropriation of $250,000 from the General Fund to the Dept. of licensing and consumer affairs for acquiring cannabis-related software.

Finance committee members who voted on Thursday evening enabling legislation were Chairman Kurt Vialet, Senators Marvin Blyden, Donna Frett-Gregory, Allison DeGazon, Janelle Sarauw, and Oakland Benta.

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