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Governor Signs Bills Into Law
Governor Schneider signed several bills into law – the government will accept real property to pay real estate taxes, there are new criminal penalties for violating a domestic violence restraining order. He authorized Housing Parks and Recreation to sell lots at Estate Profit on St. Croix, He approved changes to the health code regarding confidentiality for people with HIV and AIDS, He authorized the Attorney General to sue the tobacco companies and approved letting the police mail out notices of property for auction. He vetoed the bill that lets stores check receipts at the door saying it was too broad. He vetoed the change to the minimum wage law saying this is a matter that the federal government is handling.
Today’s Photo: Boats in Hull Bay Harbour
Current Conditions in Paradise:
Temperature: 83 Degrees at 2 PM Skies: Sunny, Occasional Cloud Chance of Showers: Slight to 10%: Water Temp: Perfect Beach and Swimming Conditions: Perfect Sailing and Diving Conditions: World Class! Drinks: Coors is # 1 in the Virgin Islands!
Solar Energy Office Opens.
The Virgin Islands Energy Office opened a new facility on Veterans Drive today to demonstrate an all solar energy office. The cooling, electricity and all facilities in the office are powered by the sun. The staff of all the Virgin Islands Energy offices are in St. Thomas today for the grand opening. You can visit the facility – it’s right across Veteran’s Drive from the Wilmoth Blyden Marine Terminal.
Senators Pay Tops the List
If you work in the Washington DC legislature the pay is 80 thousand per year, in California the pay is 78 thousand, in the Virgin Islands 65 thousand and all the rest of the states and territories pay their legislators less than we pay ours. A new report is out from the National Conference of State Legislators and we pay our senators more than 49 states and all the territories. And the difference isn’t peanuts. Guam pays their senators 10 thousand less than ours, and they are 6th on the list.
Lee Carle Nominated to National Medal of Arts.
WSTA’s new director Lee Carle has been nominated to receive a National Medal of Arts from the National Endowment for the Arts. Carle was cited for overall excellence in the growth, support and availability of the arts. He is a candidate to receive a medal in the area of Media Arts.
Delegate Christian-Green Supports School Classroom Construction Bill
There is a bill making its way through the US Congress that will create a new class of federal bond to fund construction of new school classrooms nationwide. Our Delegate is on record supporting the bill and made a statement on the House floor to support the bill. Delegate Christian-Green’s comments were on C-SPAN last night at 8:00 PM
Lieutenant Governor Mapp Will hold a Press Conference/
The Lieutenant Governor has announced that he will hold a press conference next Monday to speak about the CIGNA order, the new government health insurance program and corporate franchise taxes.
Farmers – Keep Animals Tied
Commissioner of Agriculture Petersen is reminding all farmers that this dry season is time to keep animals under control. It is important to goats, pigs and pigs tied and out of public places.
GERS Board of Trustees will meet today at the GERS building in St. Thomas to review the systems investment operaitons and hear from investment advisor Segal Advisors. The US Immigration and Naturalization Service will be closing its offices today in the Federal Building and will re-open on April 6th in the new offices in the he Nisky Center. The phone is still 774-4279 Cooperative Extension Service St. Croix has a program today called Consumer Education Tips at 9:00 AM in the Extension Center. Deaf and hard of hearing are invited to come to a peer counseling group discussion from 9:30 AM to 11 a at the Virgin Islands Association for Independent Living #6 Seventh St. Estate Thomas. Community Block Grant Hearings on the island of St. Thomas Legislative Chambers 5:30 PM All Steel Band Directors Are meeting at CAHS Music Suite at 5:30 PM Mother’s Raising Sons will meet at the Legislature at 5:30 PM Call 693-3536 Lieutenant Governor Mapp will address Out Town Frederiksted on the latest developments in the insurance industry at 5:30 PM at Fort Frederik. 7:00 PM µ Eagles Carnival troupe will hold a general meeting at Sea Chest at 7:00 PM Coming Up Tomorrow: 6:00 PM – St. Thomas Racquet Club has its first Women’s Medical Center Tennis Tournament March 26th to the 29th at the Subbase Tennis Courts Call 775-5578