After legislation is signed into law, bill sponsors and stakeholders
often request that the Governor conduct staged, celebratory signings of bills
at which photos may be taken for posterity. Due to the large number of such requests
in the past, the Governor's Office has developed the following protocol:
For purposes of this policy,
“ceremonial” means a brief (5 minutes) photo opportunity of the Governor
signing a bill that has already passed both chambers and was previously signed
by the Governor within the statutory time limit.
requests are subject to the Governor’s availability; approval cannot be
legislators may request ceremonial bill signings.
may request one ceremonial signing per session.
President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House may submit up to two
additional requests each.
offices may submit up to two requests each.
making the request must provide their own photographer.
are not media events -- no media may be present.
signings are held in the Governor’s Ceremonial Office on the second floor
of the Capitol.
parchment copies are limited to 5 per ceremony. Requests from
members for additional parchment copies beyond 5 should be requested
through either the Chief Clerk or Secretary of the Senate’s office.
- A completed request form is required for consideration.