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State Law, Legislation and Regulations: Actions by the Governor

Guide to Tennessee and other States

Orders & Speeches

  • Executive Orders. 1995-current online; 1953-1996 on microfilm KFT34.A5 1953a

    These are mandates issued by the governor to implement particular functions, guidelines, rules or procedures of the government. Directives establishing task forces and commissions are most common.

  • Governor's State of the State Addresses
  • Governor's Speeches ( 2001/2002-current. Use the search box to find speech.

    Addresses delivered at the beginning of each annual session of the legislature. Used by the governor to unveil budget and other priorities for the year.

  • Messages of the Governors of Tennessee. 1796-1945
    J87.T216 Stacks



Governor’s messages are used to express the intent of the executive branch of government.  The Governor has the authority to provide veto messages when vetoing a bill. 


  • Vetoes

Veto messages from the Governor are contained in the House and Senate Journals.

House Journal - current session - House Journal - archives
Senate Journal -current session - Senate Journal - archives
Annual bound volumes. J87.T2 Stacks 1970-current
Special Collections 1790-1899; Preservation 1900-1969; Microfilm 1794-1842, 1855/56

Vetoes may also appear in the Public Acts if a bill is passed by overriding a veto.
Public & Private Acts and Resolutions of the State of Tennessee
Online from the 100th General Assembly (1997/98) to the current.
Print KFT25.A2 Stacks, 1901- current; Special Collections, 1801-current; Microfilm, 1796-1849, 1903, 1931.

Vetoes are also attached to original bills filed at the State Library and Archives. Additional information may be obtained from the Governor's Homepage.