While the Ethics Commission has the authority to enforce ethics statutes, the Governor has the authority to issue Executive Orders placing additional responsibilities on executive branch employees. Gov. Haslam has signed Executive Order 20, “Concerning Ethics Policies and Disclosures by the Executive Branch”, which places additional filing responsibilities on certain executive branch employees.
While Executive Orders are not enforced by the Ethics Commission, Executive Orders should be read by all executive branch employees. Questions concerning Executive Orders should be addressed to the Governor’s office.