December 6, 2019 •

U.S. Virgin Islands Governor Calls Special Session for Amendment to Cannabis Law

U.S. Virgin Islands Gov. Albert Bryan Jr.

Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. announced a special session for December 18. The special session is to consider an amendment to the Medicinal Cannabis Patient Care Act. The amendment provides more regulatory controls and enables the generation of tax and fee […]

Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. announced a special session for December 18.

The special session is to consider an amendment to the Medicinal Cannabis Patient Care Act.

The amendment provides more regulatory controls and enables the generation of tax and fee revenues.

If passed, the amendment would allow for the sale of cannabis products to tourists and create a regulated system to prevent fraud, increase transparency, testing, licensing and penalties.

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November 2, 2018 •

U.S. Virgin Islands Announces Special Election

Lawmakers convened and adjourned two special sessions regarding a proposal for tuition-free college education and to vote on a reapportionment initiative. The Legislature approved Bill 32-0329 to schedule a special election for March 30, 2019. The election will allow voters […]

Lawmakers convened and adjourned two special sessions regarding a proposal for tuition-free college education and to vote on a reapportionment initiative.

The Legislature approved Bill 32-0329 to schedule a special election for March 30, 2019.

The election will allow voters to decide whether to restructure the Legislature to create smaller district senators and increase the number of at-large senators.

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October 22, 2018 •

Special Sessions Scheduled for U.S. Virgin Islands

Lawmakers scheduled a special session for Wednesday, October 24. The special session is regarding an initiative seeking to split the territory into five districts on the November ballot. The Legislature must either accept, reject, or propose an alternative by October […]

Lawmakers scheduled a special session for Wednesday, October 24. The special session is regarding an initiative seeking to split the territory into five districts on the November ballot.

The Legislature must either accept, reject, or propose an alternative by October 31 for the measure to be included in the general election or a special election must be held within 90 days.

Gov. Kenneth Mapp also called a special session for Friday, October 26 to consider a proposal for free college tuition.

The proposal would provide $3 million from the Internal Revenue Matching Fund and pay tuition for students at the University of the Virgin Islands starting the fall of 2019.

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March 27, 2017 •

U.S. Virgin Islands Special Election Scheduled Despite Ongoing Appeal

Despite an ongoing court battle, a special election has been scheduled for April 8, 2017, to fill a seat in the territory’s unicameral legislature. Kevin Rodriguez placed sixth in the November election, however, the Supreme Court of the U.S. Virgin […]

Flag_of_the_United_States_Virgin_Islands.svgDespite an ongoing court battle, a special election has been scheduled for April 8, 2017, to fill a seat in the territory’s unicameral legislature.

Kevin Rodriguez placed sixth in the November election, however, the Supreme Court of the U.S. Virgin Islands determined he was ineligible to hold a seat because he does not meet the residency requirement. Rodriguez filed another suit in the District Court of the U.S. Virgin Islands, but the court left the decision to the governor.

Rodriguez has appealed the ruling to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and asked the St. Thomas Board of Election to postpone the special election until a decision is reached. The Board of Election, however, plans to move forward.

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