What is a Proclamation?
Proclamations by the governor are issued at the discretion of the governor as a courtesy to Tennessee residents in order to recognize a day, week, or month for a cause of significant statewide interest. All proclamations require an in-state sponsor and suggested language. These public service documents are strictly honorary and are not legally binding.
Timing your Request
Requests must be made through the governor’s website no less than 21 business days in advance. Proclamations may be requested, but will not be issued, more than three months in advance.
About Requesting a Proclamation
Proclamations are issued for one date period (day, week, month) only per year. Requests that are similar to a proclamation previously issued the same year will be declined, and a copy of the similar proclamation will be provided instead.
For example, if "Crime Watch Day" is proclaimed on January 1, then "Crime Watch Week" or "Crime Watch Month" will not be proclaimed later in the year. Tennessee organizations are encouraged to coordinate their efforts with other similar groups before contacting the Governor’s Office. Organizations are encouraged to request proclamations that coincide with national or state-designated dates.
Proclamations are not issued for conferences, birthdays, retirements, weddings, or anniversaries. These events are recognized through a congratulatory letter or certificate.
Any language submitted may be edited, rewritten, or rejected. A maximum of 5 copies will be issued per proclamation, per year, per constituent.
If you have questions about a proclamation, please contact:
The Governor’s Office of Constituent Services
Ground Floor, State Capitol
Nashville, TN 37243