Governor signs into law 3 bills approved in 29th Legislature's last session
Published: January 3, 2013
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ST. THOMAS - Gov. John deJongh Jr. signed three bills into law last week.
The measures include a zoning use variance, ratification of a road striping contract, and a bill to reduce the size of financial services companies allowed to operate under the Economic Development Commission program.
The bills came out of the 29th Legislature's last Senate session, held Nov. 19-20.
The bulk of the legislation from the session was signed into law - or vetoed - by the governor Dec. 14.
The last three bills, however, did not arrive at Government House until Dec. 21, according to Government House spokesman Jean Greaux Jr. According to the Revised Organic Act of 1954, the governor has 10 days, excluding Sundays, to take action on a bill once it is sent to him.
DeJongh signed the remaining three session bills on Dec. 27, according to Greaux.
The first bill gives a use variance to James Hymes III to operate a law firm from his residence in Estate Elizabeth on St. Thomas.
The second bill authorizes payment of $730,116.20 to Precise Builders for services rendered between July 1, 2011, and Aug. 31, 2012. The contractor provided road striping on St. John but never was paid. The funds will come from the V.I. Public Works Department's budget.
The third bill will reduce the number of employees for financial services companies to qualify for the Economic Development Commission from 10 to five.
DeJongh said the measure will help the territory be responsive and competitive in its search for new business development.
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