Palacios Says Governor’s Veto of Bill 466 Will Be Overridden

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Guam – Senator Adolpho Palacios says he has the votes to override the Governor’s veto of a bill that would require the Governor’s Office to pay for all costs associated with the appointment of a Chief of Police.

Bill 466 was passed unanimously by the Legislature. But the Governor vetoed it.

The measure would make the Governor’s office responsible for arranging and paying for things like drug tests, psychological and polygraph tests, and the travel costs that might be necessary for an individual named Chief of Police.

The bill also prevents an appointed chief of police from assuming his or her position before he or she is confirmed by the legislature.

“The chief of police position is very sensitive and whoever goes there would have unlimited access to your background, your background, anybody’s background and there was a time in 1984 when Mr. Jim Miles was not confirmed but he went away with all this wealth of knowledge of sensitive information,” explained Senator Palacios.

Palacios expressed confidence that the Governor’s veto will be overridden and the measure will become law.