executive order


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Recent Examples on the Web Even before the 2021 climate bill became law, former Governor Deval Patrick signed a nonbinding executive order in 2014 calling for the formation of such a body. Dharna Noor, BostonGlobe.com, 29 July 2022 President Biden targeted healthcare markets, including insurance, hospital and prescription drug markets, as a focus in a July 2021 executive order that targeted competition issues. Erin Mulvaney, WSJ, 29 July 2022 Monday’s executive order extends through Sunday and directs the state’s Department of Emergency Management to use any state agency personnel and equipment deemed necessary to help counties respond to the heat. oregonlive, 28 July 2022 That wasn’t the case in 2020, when an executive order from Republican Gov. Sam Janesch, Baltimore Sun, 14 July 2022 The health system suspended labor and delivery at Johnson Memorial following a March 2020 executive order from Gov. Ned Lamont that allowed hospitals to temporarily shut down some services in order to increase capacity for coronavirus patients. Hartford Courant, 13 July 2022 Two days earlier, Trump advisors had drafted an executive order that would have called on the Department of Defense to seize voting machines. Arit Johnstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 12 July 2022 Justice officials said the new task force would respond to a provision in Biden’s executive order to encourage private attorneys and law firms to provide pro bono services for patients and health-care providers. David Nakamura And Rachel Roubein, Anchorage Daily News, 12 July 2022 President Biden's executive order seeking to expand and strengthen access can only go so far. CBS News, 10 July 2022 See More

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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 9 Aug. 2022.

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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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