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November 6, 2006




Governor Mitt Romney today filed legislation that requires local police departments to enter all warrants for felony crimes and serious misdemeanors into the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s National Crime Information Center (NCIC) database.


“When confronted with a wanted individual, it is vital that law enforcement officers have the ability to access information about that person and take appropriate steps to protect themselves. Right now, we have a hodgepodge system where too much is left to chance. My legislation will establish uniform standards for the entry of warrant information,” said Romney.


Romney’s bill would require law enforcement agencies to enter any felony warrant involving a serious crime of violence or narcotics trafficking into the NCIC database within 24 hours of the issuance of the warrant. In addition, the bill requires other types of felony and serious misdemeanor warrants to be entered within 72 hours of the issuance of the warrant.


Currently, police chiefs have discretion on which warrants to enter and when to enter them.


The Executive Office of Public Safety has worked with a number of organizations, including the Massachusetts Chiefs of Police Association, the Major City Chiefs Association, the Massachusetts State Police, the Massachusetts District Attorney’s Association and the Office of Attorney General, to increase the number of warrants entered into the system. Although these efforts have met with some success, the legislation will set clear standards that must be followed by everyone.


The bill also requires law enforcement agencies to review and enter certain previously-issued warrants that have not yet been entered into the NCIC system.


“It is critical that police officers have access to accurate and timely information regarding felony warrants - their safety often depends on it,” said Public Safety Secretary Robert C. Haas. “For too long, this problem has lingered without a satisfactory resolution. I applaud Governor Romney for bringing this important issue to the attention of the Legislature.”



November 6, 2006




Governor Mitt Romney today named Boston attorney David L. Veator to serve on the State Ethics Commission, the five-member body that enforces the Commonwealth’s conflict of interest laws.


“David Veator has extensive experience in the public sector, and a reputation for honesty and integrity. These qualities will serve him well as a member of the State Ethics Commission,” said Romney.


The Ethics Commission provides free legal advice, education and other information regarding state conflict of interest and financial disclosure laws. The Governor appoints three of the commission members and the Secretary of State and Attorney General each appoint one member. Members serve staggered five-year terms.


Massachusetts state law prohibits more than two members of the commission to be enrolled in the same political party. Veator, an unenrolled voter, replaces Owen Todd, a registered Republican whose term on the commission has expired.


“I am honored by Governor Romney’s decision to appoint me to this important position,” said Veator. “The public places great trust in its elected officials and public employees, and the Ethics Commission ensures the public’s trust is honored every day.”


Veator is an attorney in the litigation department in the Boston office of law firm Greenberg Traurig. From 2003 until 2006, he served as the General Counsel for the Massachusetts Executive Office of Transportation. In this position, he directed all legal strategy for the 1,500-person secretariat and represented Governor Romney in discussions that led to the creation of the Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy. Veator served as Acting Governor Jane Swift’s Chief Legal Counsel in 2002 and was the General Counsel for the Massachusetts Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation from 1998 to 2002. From 1988 to 1998, he was an attorney with the Boston law firms of Goodwin Procter and Tucker Goldstein.


A graduate of Dartmouth College and Duke University School of Law, Veator was articles editor for the Duke Law Journal. He lives in Beverly with his wife and their two daughters.

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