Office of the Governor of Alabama

Executive Orders

The authority for Governor Kay Ivey to issue executive orders is contained in Ala. Code § 36-13-9 (1975). Executive orders are not statutes like those passed by the Legislature; however, they may have the force and effect of law, depending on the nature and subject of the order. Legal proclamations are different from ceremonial proclamations issued by the Governor’s Office. Governor Ivey uses executive orders and legal proclamations for a variety of purposes, including: to declare and terminate states of emergency during natural disasters, energy crises, and other situations requiring immediate attention; to create advisory, coordinating, study, or investigative committees or commissions; to call a special session of the Legislature; and to address management and administrative issues, such as regulatory reform, environmental impact, and intergovernmental coordination.