(V.I. Consortium) Governor Kenneth Mapp has signed two measures into law ahead of the April 8 special election in the St. Thomas-St. John district, which has been called by Mr. Mapp to fill the Senate seat left vacant by Kevin Rodriquez. Mr. Rodriquez was barred from being seated by the Supreme Court of the Virgin Islands.
The governor approved Bill No. 32-0017, which amended Act No. 7892 relating to the unification of the election boards, authorizing the St. Thomas Board of Election to temporarily operate as a singular board to conduct the special election. Mr. Mapp also approved Bill No. 32-0022, which appropriates $90,000 to the Elections System of the Virgin Islands to conduct the April 8 contest.
Separately, the territory’s leader said he acknowledged a Senate resolution that establishes the majority caucus, its elected officers, appointed chairpersons, vice-chairpersons and members of the various committees of the 32nd Legislature.