Executive Orders are written orders of the Governor setting forth policies and procedures in furtherance of his statutory and constitutional responsibilities, including: his constitutional authority as "supreme executive magistrate," his constitutional duty to enforce state laws, his supervisory authority over the executive branch, his constitutional responsibilities as commander-in-chief of the armed forces and civil defense forces of the state, and his role in exercising powers delegated to him by statute to implement and administer particular state laws and programs.
Prior Executive Orders (1941-present)
For a list and text of all prior executive orders, please click here.
Issued: April 12, 2017
Launches the Governor's Council to Address Aging in Massachusetts.
Signed: February 23, 2017
This executive order establishes the Black Advisory Commission.
Issued: November 17, 2016
Establishing the Massachusetts Digital Healthcare Council.
Issued: November 4, 2016
Reaffirming and restructuring the Governor's Advisory Council on Veterans' Services.
Issued: October 20, 2016
Promotes the testing and deployment of highly automated driving technologies and recognizes recent innovations in sensing and computing technology which have resulted in the rapid advancement of motor vehicle automation and also creates a special working group on autonomous vehicles.
Signed: October 6, 2016
Rescinding a previous executive order that is no longer necessary due to the signing of law Chapter 289 of the Acts of 2016, An Act Regulating Notaries Public to Protect Consumers and the Validity and Effectiveness of Recorded Instruments.
Issued: September 20, 2016
Reaffirms and expands the 35-member Plymouth, Massachusetts 400th Anniversary Commission, charged with ensuring a befitting national and state observance of the settlement of Plymouth Colony in 1620.
Issued: September 16, 2016
Lays out a comprehensive approach to further reduce greenhouse gas emissions, safeguard residents, municipalities and businesses from the impacts of climate change, and build a more resilient Commonwealth.
Issued: April 7, 2016
Establishes a zero tolerance policy for human trafficking and related activities
Issued: March 28, 2016
Ensures proper review of the regulation of professional licensing by independent boards
Issued: February 10, 2016
Order Constituting the Supreme Judicial Court Nominating Commission
Issued: November 3, 2015
Reaffirming and Expanding the Massachusetts Supplier Diversity Program
Issued: August 10, 2015
Establishing the Seaport Economic Council
Issued: April 27, 2015
Re-Launching the Governor's Council to Address Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence
Issued: March 31, 2015
To reduce regulatory burdens by initiating a formal review process for all regulations enforced by the Executive Department and leaving in place the regulatory pause announced earlier this year.
Issued: March 12, 2015
Establishing a state Task Force on Economic Opportunity for Populations Facing Chronically High Rates of Unemployment
Issued: February 26, 2015
Creating the Workforce Skills Cabinet
Issued: February 18, 2015
Establishing the Office of Access and Opportunity within the Office of the Governor.
Issued: February 5, 2015
Order reconstituting the Judicial Nominating Commission and establishing a code of conduct for commission members and nominees to judicial office.
Issued: January 27, 2015
Final rescission of the temporary ban on motor vehicle travel.
Issued: January 27, 2015
Partial rescission of the temporary ban on motor vehicle travel
Issued: January 26, 2015
Ensuring public safety by imposing a temporary ban on motor vehicle travel
Issued: January 23, 2015
Creating the Community Compact Cabinet