• 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.

Executive Order No. 576

Issued: April 12, 2017

Launches the Governor's Council to Address Aging in Massachusetts.

Executive Order No. 575

Signed: February 23, 2017

This executive order establishes the Black Advisory Commission.

Executive Order No. 574

Issued: November 17, 2016

Establishing the Massachusetts Digital Healthcare Council.

Executive Order No. 573

Issued: November 4, 2016

Reaffirming and restructuring the Governor's Advisory Council on Veterans' Services.

Executive Order No. 572

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.

Executive Order No. 571

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.

Executive Order No. 570

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.

Executive Order No. 569

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.

Executive Order No. 568

Issued: April 7, 2016

Establishes a zero tolerance policy for human trafficking and related activities

Executive Order No. 567

Issued: March 28, 2016

Ensures proper review of the regulation of professional licensing by independent boards

Executive Order No. 566

Issued: February 10, 2016

Order Constituting the Supreme Judicial Court Nominating Commission

Executive Order No. 565

Issued: November 3, 2015

Reaffirming and Expanding the Massachusetts Supplier Diversity Program

Executive Order No. 564

Issued: August 10, 2015

Establishing the Seaport Economic Council

Executive Order No. 563

Issued: April 27, 2015

Re-Launching the Governor's Council to Address Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence

Executive Order No. 562

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.

Executive Order No. 561

Issued: March 12, 2015

Establishing a state Task Force on Economic Opportunity for Populations Facing Chronically High Rates of Unemployment

Executive Order No. 560

Issued: February 26, 2015

Creating the Workforce Skills Cabinet

Executive Order No. 559

Issued: February 18, 2015

Establishing the Office of Access and Opportunity within the Office of the Governor.

Executive Order No. 558

Issued: February 5, 2015

Order reconstituting the Judicial Nominating Commission and establishing a code of conduct for commission members and nominees to judicial office.

Executive Order No. 557

Issued: January 27, 2015

Final rescission of the temporary ban on motor vehicle travel.

Executive Order No. 556

Issued: January 27, 2015

Partial rescission of the temporary ban on motor vehicle travel

Executive Order No. 555

Issued: January 26, 2015

Ensuring public safety by imposing a temporary ban on motor vehicle travel

Executive Order No. 554

Issued: January 23, 2015

Creating the Community Compact Cabinet