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Writing:Duties (state executive offices)

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This section is added to profiles about state-specific offices. This includes articles like Governor of Texas or Lieutenant Governor of Alabama.

This section features the office's main duties as noted by the state constitutions or state statutes/code. For example, an article about a governor may highlight the fact that the officeholder acts as commander-in-chief of the state's military forces, orders reports from other executive officers and from the managers of state institutions, etc. The duties vary per state and per office.



Below is an example of how this section would appear in an article. See also: Governor of Alabama.


The governor is responsible for upholding the Alabama Constitution and executing state law. The governor also is commander-in-chief of the state's military forces (the Alabama Army National Guard and Alabama Air National Guard, which are part of the National Guard of the United States, and the Alabama State Defense Force, which is the State Defense Forces). As commander-in-chief the governor may call out the state's military forces preserve the public peace when it is not in active service of the United States.

At least once every legislative session, the governor is required to deliver an address to the Alabama Legislature, referred to as the "State of the State Address," regarding the condition and operation of the state government and to suggest new legislation.

Other duties and privileges of the office include:

  • seeing that all laws of the state are faithfully executed
  • ordering reports from other executive officers and from the managers of state institutions
  • convening extraordinary sessions of the legislature
  • presenting a budget for the state to the legislature
  • remitting fines and forfeitures and granting reprieves, paroles, commutations of sentence and pardons
  • exercising a veto over bills, including appropriation bills, from the legislature

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