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Mon Jun 17, 2019, 03:36 PM

USVI senator alarm over extended resources to reorganize 33rd legislature

ST THOMAS, USVI – Following the appropriate procedure and a resolution approved by nine senators to reorganize the makeup of the 33rd legislature, Senator Kenneth L Gittens remains concerned about the resulting loss of time and resources.

Senator Gittens noted that the actions taken during last Wednesday’s legislative session validated all the issues he raised about the propriety and legality of the resolution introduced May 15, 2019, which removed him and Senator Donna Frett-Gregory as the 33rd legislature’s president and vice president, respectively, [That resolution also] sought to alter the Senate’s committees.

“As I said last month, the actions taken by some members of the body when they moved to reorganize were invalid under the rules we adopted. It was clearly demonstrated and acknowledged during [last night’s] the session that the new majority had not taken the appropriate steps May 15 and I congratulated and thanked my colleagues for following my lead to correct the process,” Gittens said.

“As lawmakers, we must set a better example by abiding by our own rules and proper legal procedure, several of this body’s rules were violated May 15 rendering the resolution introduced that day invalid. That’s why I ruled it out of order before adjourning,” he said.

Read more: https://www.caribbeannewsnow.com/2019/06/10/usvi-senator-alarm-over-extended-resources-to-reorganize-33rd-legislature/

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