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"Sounds of the Virgin Isles"

This annual fundraising event is to raise awareness and funding to the music and arts programs in the public schools. Through CFVI you can continue to donate.

The first quarter of 2020 presented a major threat not only to the Territory; Coronavirus COVID-19, a pandemic that was plaguing the entire world. Senators would go into Emergency Session to move legislation that would keep the Virgin Islands government afloat. Senators encouraged residents to stay in their homes and practice social distancing, but with the lack of enforcement Senator Sarauw called on the Governor to implement a shelter in place.

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In the 4th quarter, the Committee on Rules and Judiciary kicked it into overdrive as over 46 board nominees and various bills were vetted and voted upon before being heard in Legislative Session for final approval. Senators also faced the ongoing WAPA crisis as issues were investigated in the Committee of the Whole and in December when Emergency Session was called by the Governor to address an immediate $6 million dollars payment to VITOL.

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In the third quarter, Senator Sarauw and the Committee on Finance drilled down on the Fiscal Year Budget. The Committee on Rules and Judiciary continues the vetting process of the Governor’s nominees and we recognize some outstanding individuals who serve our community.

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In the second quarter, the cultural anticipation builds as Culture Shock makes their final preparation for their grand debut. In the Legislature, a shift in the majority would see Senator Sarauw Chair the Rules and Judiciary Committee and the bill banning oxybenzone sunscreen would successfully pass out of Session, a definite benefit to the Virgin Islands environment.

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In the first quarter, Senator Sarauw prepares and executes her annual events Stenographer Day and Sounds of the Virgin Isles. However, new to the mix was the execution of an idea that would revitalize a dwindling artform on St. Thomas. Moving forward, the Senator prepares new legislation that would address PSC regulations, loitering, education, and healthcare.

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Productivity has been nonstop in the office of Senator Sarauw. On the agenda, the Senator and her office established the Legislature’s first Stenographer Day, “Putting People to Work” Job Fair, which brought employers and job seekers together on various job opportunities on St.Thomas, created a book drive to replenish the public school libraries, and chaired the Committee of Workforce Development, Consumer Affairs and Culture, to name a few.

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In an effort to revitalize tourism to the Territory, Senator Sarauw along with members of the Legislature traveled to Florida to attend the annual Seatrade Conference. While there, members were exposed to the latest information and trends in the cruise ship industry. Back at the office, Senator Sarauw’s staff along with the Department of Education would continue preparation for one of the biggest events to be held later in the month.

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Senator Sarauw started the month of February in a Committee of the Whole meeting addressing zoning request applications in the Territory, which became apparent certain guidelines needed to change. A positive step in the communication infrastructure was also in the works, as PR Wireless Sprint Affiliate also updated the Senator with their plans for restoration.

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We are getting there. One step at a time. However, did someone say Tsunami? With a failure to receive an alert, VI residents would quickly be reminded of the Territory’s communications issues. During the month of January, Viya’s restoration efforts, Dept. of Education’s preparedness, the National Guards and VITEMA, were all brought to the senate floor. This month would also mark the Senator’s first hearing as Chairperson for the Committee on Workforce Development, Consumer Affairs, and Culture.

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“Tis the season to be jolly” and after two Cat5 hurricanes the Senator wanted to remind the people of the Territory to enjoy the holiday season. The “Miracle in the Garden” event did just as the Senator had planned. Many came together and joined in the festivities held at the Emancipation Garden.

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Rebuilding and restructuring for a stronger and more environmentally sensitive United States Virgin Islands, Senator Janelle Sarauw continues to reach out and make a difference in the community. Through long hours, many calls, numerous emails and inbox messages, multitude of meetings, policymaking, and continued volunteering, aid continues to be received to help the people and the islands.

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The Senator went into Labor Day weekend with a positive outlook on the month of September. It was the final month for budget sessions, and the legislature was on track to working out the 2018 fiscal year. September became a very different type of month for Senator Sarauw. No longer mulling over numbers and testimony, the focus shifted to networking, logistics, supply, demand, and humanitarian efforts for the people of the Virgin Islands.

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Senator Sarauw wants to maintain the level of community engagement the team held during the campaign. That requires being outside of the office. The first town hall was held on St. John at the Sports, Parks, and Recreation Building. The Senator also made an unscheduled visit to Schneider Regional Medical Center after receiving a call from a concerned constituent. Amidst the busy budget hearing schedule, Senator Sarauw still found time for professional development, attending the National Conferen

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Janelle K Sarauw takes the 15th seat of the 32nd Legislature of the US Virgin Islands on Friday, marking the end of her 8 month long battle for justice in our election system.

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