Executive Orders

A third source of law that judges and lawyers examine are executive orders (EOs). This is an uncommon resource when compared to other legal sources. Executive orders are laws made by chief executives, such as presidents and governors. Some executive orders are based on statutes, so they are similar to administrative regulations. Other executive orders are based on the powers that the federal or state constitution gives the chief executive, so they are similar to statutes. Depicted below is Executive Order #8802 – Fair Employment Practice in Defense Industries – signed by President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

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