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Bill No. 29-0102 (Legislative Youth Advisory Council)

Bill No. 29-0102 (Legislative Youth Advisory Council)

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Sponsors: Terrence Positive Nelson
CoSponsor(s): Nereida Rivera-O'Reilly

Subject: An Act enacting the “Legislative Youth Advisory Council”
Committee: RULJUD
Legislation History Page: http://www.legvi.org/vilegsearch/Detail.aspx?docentry=17621
Sponsors: Terrence Positive Nelson
CoSponsor(s): Nereida Rivera-O'Reilly

Subject: An Act enacting the “Legislative Youth Advisory Council”
Committee: RULJUD
Legislation History Page: http://www.legvi.org/vilegsearch/Detail.aspx?docentry=17621

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 COMMITTEE ON RULES AND JUDICIARY
BILL NO.
 
29-0102
Twenty-Ninth Legislature Of The Virgin Islands
May 11, 2011
An Act enacting the “Legislative Youth Advisory Council”
PROPOSED BY:
 
Senator Terrence “Positive” NelsonCo-Sponsor: Nereida Rivera-O’Reilly
 Be it enacted by the Legislature of the Virgin Islands:
 
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SECTION 1
. Title 2 V.I.C. is amended by adding a new chapter 9 to read as follows:
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“Chapter 9. Legislative Youth Advisory Council
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§ 150. Youth Advisory Council; Establishment
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There is established the Legislative Youth Advisory Council
,
referred to in this section as the
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"Council."
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§ 151
.
Duties
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The Council shall perform the following duties:
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(a) Advise the Legislature on proposed and pending legislation, budget expenditures and policy
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matters related to youth;
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(b) Consult with study commissions, committees and task forces regarding issues related to
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youth;
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(c) Conduct periodic seminars for its members regarding leadership, government and the
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Legislature;
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(d) Meet at least 3 times but not more than 6 times per year, including not more than 2 public
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hearings on issues of importance to youth. However the council may meet up to an additional 3 times in
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a year if the Executive Director of the Legislature determines that sufficient budgeted resources remain
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after paying all costs associated with the initial 6 meetings to pay any additional costs associated with
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any additional meetings; and
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(e) Report annually to the Legislature on its activities by December 1st of each year. The council
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may submit proposed legislation as part of its report to the Legislature to implement its
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recommendations.
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§ 152. Jurisdiction
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The Council shall examine issues of importance to youth, including, but not limited to,
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education, employment, strategies to increase youth participation in Government, safe environments for 
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youth, substance abuse, emotional and physical health, foster care, poverty, homelessness and youth
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access to services territory-wide.
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§ 153. Membership
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(a) The Council consists of 16 voting members who are Virgin Islands residents and appointed in
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accordance with this subsection. In appointing members, the appointing authorities shall consider 
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geographic distribution. All youth and legislative appointments must be made within 60 days after the
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convening of each new Legislature.
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(b) All appointments are for the duration of the legislative term for which the members are
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appointed and expire upon the convening of the next Legislature.
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(c) The appointing authorities shall select youth members from youths recommended by
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 principals, guidance counselors or administrative heads of secondary or postsecondary school systems,
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representatives of equivalent instruction programs or other organizations having an interest in youth
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activities.
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(d) Members may be reappointed to subsequent terms on the Council as long as they are eligible
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at the time of their reappointment.
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(e) The President of the Legislature shall appoint the following 20 members:
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(1) Sixteen youths who have attained 14 years of age and who are enrolled in programs that lead
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to a secondary school diploma or certificate of attendance or a general equivalency diploma, or enrolled
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at a postsecondary educational institutions located in the Virgin Islands with 8 being from the St. Croix
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District and 8 from the St. Thomas/St. John District provided that at least one member is a resident of 
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the island of St. John; and
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(2) Four members of the Legislature to serve as non-voting
ex officio
members.
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(f)
Chairs
. There is a legislative chair and a youth chair of the Council. The members shall elect
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one of their youth members to serve as the youth chair.
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(g)
Tie or Split Vote.
In the event of a tie or split vote, the non-voting
ex officio
members of the
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Legislature, excluding the legislative chair, shall serve as the tie-breaker.
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§ 154. Integration with Learning Results
 
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The Department of Education may seek the cooperation of the Council on the integration of 
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