The "State of the State"
address in Nevada has changed over time. James Nye, governor of the
Territory of Nevada, gave speeches to three sessions of the Territorial
Legislature, in 1861, 1862, and 1864. They were titled, "The Governor's
Message to the Legislature." For many years Governors who succeeded
Nye did not speak before the legislature but sent messages as required
by Article 5, Section 10 of the Constitution. This section referring
to the "Governor's Message" directs that "He shall communicate by Message
to the Legislature at every regular Session the condition of the State
and recommend such measures as he shall deem expedient."
In 1915 Governor Emmet Boyle
resumed Governor Nye's practice of delivering the governorís message personally
before the Legislature, and Governors have done so ever since. Governor
Robert List was the first to call his message the "State of the State",
and the first to deliver annual messages. Governors now deliver the
State of the State every year.