ST. THOMAS — Governor Kenneth Mapp assailed senators following the Legislature’s decision on Wednesday to send eight measures to various committees for further vetting, instead of ratifying the measures — which the governor described as urgent — and sending them back to him for his signature.
According to a statement issued by Government House on Wednesday, Mr. Mapp said while he respects the Legislature’s right to exercise its discretion relative to its process, he noted that he has communicated to the Senate’s leadership that these are matters requiring timely attention.
According to Government House, the governor reminded senators that they asked to be elected, and must face the work that needs to be done, a bold statement suggesting that senators were failing in their elected duties. Mr. Mapp said he expected that the body would make improvements to the measures where necessary, but urged that action be taken within the next three weeks.
At the special session on Wednesday, held at the Earl B. Ottley Legislative Hall, virtually all lawmakers present agreed that the bills were flawed.