executive order


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Recent Examples on the Web By comparison, King Orchards made masks obligatory after Ms. Whitmer issued her executive order in July. New York Times, 6 June 2021 President Biden issued an executive order banning investments in Chinese firms that facilitate human rights abuses. Bryan Schott, The Salt Lake Tribune, 4 June 2021 The commission found that to be the case and recommended that Hill be suspended, Kemp wrote in his executive order. Kate Brumback, ajc, 3 June 2021 With the governor out of the state, Idaho’s lieutenant governor issued an executive order Thursday banning mask mandates in schools and public buildings, saying such directives threatened people’s freedom. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 28 May 2021 Brad Little signed an executive order on April 7 banning state government agencies from issuing vaccine passports or requiring proof of COVID-19 vaccination for people to receive public services or access facilities. Cassidy Morrison, Washington Examiner, 28 Apr. 2021 Florida becomes the first state to ban vaccine passports: Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis issued an executive order banning businesses from requiring customers to show proof that they’ve been vaccinated to get service, The Associated Press reports. Chronicle Staff, San Francisco Chronicle, 11 Apr. 2021 The concept has already met opposition from the right, with Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis issuing an executive order banning businesses in the Sunshine State from requiring proof of vaccination. Rick Klein, ABC News, 6 Apr. 2021 On Friday, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed an executive order banning their use in the state, citing freedom and privacy concerns. Michael Nedelman, CNN, 6 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of executive order

1862, in the meaning defined above

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“Executive order.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/executive%20order. Accessed 25 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of executive order

: an order that comes from the U.S. President or a government agency and must be obeyed like a law

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Legal Definition of executive order

: an order issued by a government's executive on the basis of authority specifically granted to the executive branch (as by the U.S. Constitution or a congressional act) the National Security Agency was created by an executive order — compare proclamation, statute

Note: An executive order from the president does not have the force of law until it is printed in the Federal Register.


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