19th Legislature

Amid in-house legislative controversies, he continued to remain undeterred in gaining passage of important legislation for the benefit of consumers.  He fought successfully as Chairman of the Consumer Protection Committee (CPC), using his oversight responsibility to investigate food pricing, inevitably leading to a 12 percent decrease for Virgin Islanders.  Working to ensure a more competitive redistribution of market share,  Redfield went so far as to publish the first comparative food market basket survey in the Virgin Islands (released in 1991) in conjunction with the Department of Licensing and Consumer Affairs.  He helped consumers ‘shop smart’ for the best prices and enabled them to become more cost conscious. As a result of the survey, prices plummeted. Governor Farrelly recognized Senator Redfield’s efforts as helping to create discipline in the market and “...benefit every single household in the territory..." The Department of Licensing and Consumer Affairs has continued to utilize Redfield’s price sheet to this very day.  Additionally, this legislation also dovetailed into Redfield's commitment to the Agricultural industry, where he created a level playing field through an Act (No. 5156) for economic incentives for locally grown agriculture products giving them a preferred bidder status.  Within this context of the bidding process, he gave the agricultural industry a competitive edge and a 'shot in the arm.'

When faced with high costs to consumers once again– this time in the areas of pharmaceutical products – Redfield stood by his pledge to the people of the territory to create a vigorously competitive market in the sale and dispensing of prescription drugs in the territory.  Redfield dealt directly with Kmart's corporate officials in the United States, and personally encouraged them to have pharmacies in their stores.  This effort led to the decrease of pharmaceutical prices giving the consumer the best options to choose from in the marketplace.

Redfield then turned his attention to the banking industry as the Senate Lead on consumer-oriented issues.  He requested on-site audits by the FDIC to ensure local banks were in compliance with the Community Re-Investment Act (CRA) guidelines that made certain they were investing back into the communities that they were serving.

In more extraordinary moves as a Republican Senator, Redfield worked with his colleagues (regardless of political party) to put forth key legislation for the improvement of Virgin Islanders.  He co-sponsored a Bill (No. 19-0031) for the appropriation of $175,000 in funds to the VI Resource Center for the Disabled, a Bill (No. 19-0112) that provided the licensing inspection and regulation of health facilities and health care services, and last but not least, another Bill (No. 19-0292) that worked to permit the wage board to consider local economic conditions in determining the minimum wage bringing timely automatic compliance with the Federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requirements.

The Senator’s pace hardly slowed as he led a community-wide, “Take Back the Night” drive that pushed for installation of improved lighting of downtown streets as an anti-crime measure.  He led legislative efforts to help eliminate fees charged to victims of rape, robbery, or assaults for police reports of such incidents, and worked to provide free emergency water for community “water buffaloes" (those residents still rebuilding Hugo-ravaged homes).

Redfield’s key agenda items have always been to further economic development for the Virgin Islands. He secured funds to renovate and restore the historic Brugal Rum Factory which had been ravaged by Hurricane Hugo, as it contributed millions of dollars of rum revenue to the VI treasury.  And returning to previous Senate success with Salt River Bay, Redfield testified before Congress to push final passage of legislation to establish the Salt River Bay Historical Park,  which was dedicated in 1993.