COMMITTEE ON RULES AND JUDICIARY




                            BILL NO.                 28-0088

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 1           WHEREAS, in the Revised Organic Act of the Virgin Islands, 48 U.S.C. §1571 (a)

 2   Congress declared tha...
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 1   Be it enacted by the Legislature of the Virgin Islands:

 2          SECTION 1. The Virgin Islands Code is amended...
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Bill No. 28-0088 Correct The Erroneous References To United States Virgin Islands

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Sponsors: Louis P. Hill
Subject: An Act amending the Virgin Islands Code to correct the erroneous references to "United States Virgin Islands

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Bill No. 28-0088 Correct The Erroneous References To United States Virgin Islands

  1. 1. COMMITTEE ON RULES AND JUDICIARY BILL NO. 28-0088 Twenty-Eighth Legislature of the Virgin Islands July 6, 2009 An Act amending the Virgin Islands Code to correct the erroneous references to “United States Virgin Islands” PROPOSED BY: Senator Louis Patrick Hill 1 WHEREAS, the Revised Organic Act of the Virgin Islands 48 U.S.C. §1541 (a) in 2 pertinent part provides: “The provisions of this Act and the name, Virgin Islands as used in 3 this Act shall apply to and include the territorial domain, islands cays and waters acquired by 4 the United States through cession of the Danish West Indian Islands; and 5 WHEREAS, in the Revised Organic Act of the Virgin Islands, 48 U.S.C. §1591 6 Congress declared that the executive power of the Virgin Islands shall be vested in an 7 executive officer whose official title shall be the Governor of the Virgin Islands; and 8 9 10
  2. 2. 2 1 WHEREAS, in the Revised Organic Act of the Virgin Islands, 48 U.S.C. §1571 (a) 2 Congress declared that the legislative power and authority of the Virgin Islands shall be 3 vested in a legislature consisting of one house, to be designated “Legislature of the Virgin 4 Islands: and 5 WHEREAS, the Virgin Islands Code Annotated is replete with approximately 1170 6 erroneous references to “Virgin Islands”, “Government of the United States Virgin Islands,” 7 Governor of the United States Virgin Islands” and to the Legislature of the United States 8 Virgin Islands”; and 9 WHEREAS, throughout the Virgin Islands Code the publisher’s revision notes state 10 that “United States” was inserted before “Virgin Islands” for clarity or for conformity with 11 V.I.C. style pursuant to section 14 of title 1; and 12 WHEREAS, pursuant to 1 V.I.C., §14, the publisher is authorized to correct 13 typographical and similar errors; and 14 WHEREAS, the publisher’s insertion of “United States” before “Virgin Islands” is 15 itself an error; and 16 WHEREAS, the Revised Organic Act of the Virgin Islands is the basic charter of 17 government for the people of the virgin Islands, is comparable to a state constitution and 18 therefore governs the designation and naming of the institutions of the Virgin Islands; and 19 WHEREAS, inasmuch as the Virgin Islands Code is the official statement of the 20 general and permanent law of the Virgin Islands, the Legislature owes a duty to the people of 21 the Virgin Islands to ensure that the official names of major political institutions of the 22 Virgin Islands are properly cited; Now, Therefore, 23 24 25
  3. 3. 3 1 Be it enacted by the Legislature of the Virgin Islands: 2 SECTION 1. The Virgin Islands Code is amended in titles 1 through 34 by striking 3 every occurrence of “United States” immediately preceding “Virgin Islands”. 4 BILL SUMMARY 5 The bill corrects the erroneous references to “United States Virgin Islands” 6 throughout the Virgin Islands Code. 7 8 9 BR-09-0705 /July 6, 2009/YLT 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25

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