Rhode Island Government Information
Whereas the Legislative Branch makes laws, the Executive Branch enforces the laws. In this capacity, it produces different forms of information.
AGENCIES & DEPARTMENTS
The Governor has many departments and agencies to help perform his duties. There are literally dozens of executive and independent agencies that deal with anything from farm administration to transportation.
THE STATE BUDGET
The Governor sends his budget plan to the General Assembly, where it needs to be approved.
The Governor can issue Executive Orders or Proclamations. The Governor uses orders to command government agencies or officials and proclamations to address the public.
COMMUNICATION IN THE JOURNAL (OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES AND SENATE)
The Journal of the Senate has communications, such as Governor's notes to Senate on appointments, gubernatorial vetoes, floor amendments, and bill information, such as which committee the bill was sent to and votes on approval. The Journal of the House of Representatives has communications, gubernatorial vetoes, floor amendments, and bill information, such as which committee the bill was sent to and votes on approval.
PRESS RELEASES BY THE GOVERNOR
These are typically communication and announcement of the Governor's actions.
Regulations expand on laws to give them details in their execution. Agencies write up these rules.
STATE OF THE STATE ADDRESS
Every year the Governor needs to give his State of the State address, in which he usually outlines plans for the year and summarizes the previous year.
The governor can refuse to sign a bill into law. When this happens, the bill is sent back to the General Assembly where it either is approved by three-fifths of the legislators and passed into law, or it dies.