20th Legislature

In terms of juvenile crime, to deal with the seriousness of this issue Senator Redfield incorporated legislation in three bills that he prime sponsored; (1) A bill to strengthen the Territory’s curfew laws for minors 16 and under, prohibiting them from nightclubs as well as beefing up loitering laws, (2) Bill (No. 20-0138), amending the Virgin Islands Code (VIC) by forcing parents and legal guardians to take responsibility for children under the age of 18, and also establishing an identification system for students, and (3) passing legislation for Bill (No. 20-0335) to establish the Family and Youth Crisis Intervention Act of 1994.

It was then Judge Julio Brady who brought a matter of domestic violence to Redfield's attention.  Judge Brady informed Redfield that actual victims of domestic violence were given aid, but not the community service agencies who assist them.  So, Redfield worked with Judge Brady to craft a law permitting compensation to community service agencies for monies spent in aiding victims of domestic violence.

Additionally, to further the self-sufficiency of Virgin Island residents, he was the Primary Sponsor of a Bill (No. 20-0103) to petition the President, the Congress, and the Housing Urban Development (HUD) office to allow George Simmonds Terrace and Pollyberg Gardens (No. 20-0104) to convert to home ownership.  Redfield has always supported the notion of changing a ‘renter’ into a ‘home owner’ due to his background in real estate.

As a non-aligned Senator, Redfield voted in support of the WICO purchase (from its Danish owners) led by the Majority colleagues.  However, he was outraged by the secrecy of the purchase details and challenged his colleagues, particularly those committed to the WICO purchase, to allow democracy to take its course via a public hearing.  He simply asked, “If the WICO deal is such a good one, why be fearful of public scrutiny of the transaction? Why not allow the concerns of residents, pro and con, to be heard in public forums throughout the territory?”  He was able to remove the secrecy surrounding measure, and let the sun shine in. Then he fought for, and received quid pro quo (in exchange for) commitments from Governor Farrelly for $45 million in equitable economic measures to boost the St. Croix economy.

Continuing his focus on consumer protection and economic development, Redfield was the prime sponsor of a Bill (No. 20-0153), to amend Title 12A, Chapter 2, in the Virgin Islands Code (VIC) to provide for consumer protection in the purchase of new and used motor vehicles, i.e. the lemon law.  As a Republican Senator working with a Democratic Governor, he was the prime sponsor of legislation (No. 20-0167) to authorize Governor Farrelly to identify and negotiate property to establish a hospitality training and hotel management school.

Showing yet again his priority for Virgin Islanders first, political parties second, Redfield made more unprecedented moves as a Republican Senator.  With retroactive pay causing severe tension in the territory, Redfield was a prime mover to help diffuse the situation.  He supported a labor summit held at Bluebeard's Castle in St. Thomas which led to getting the labor tensions under control, committee negotiations, eventually leading to a settlement offer. 

And to honor the beloved Governor Juan Luis, Senator Redfield prime sponsored a bill to name the St. Croix Hospital the “Governor Juan F. Luis Hospital and Medical Center.”