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legislate against something

to prohibit something; to pass a law against something. You can't just legislate against something. You have to explain to people why they shouldn't do it. The Congress has just legislated against insolvent banks.
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legislate for something

to pass a law that tries to make something happen. The candidate pledged to legislate for tax relief. We support your efforts to legislate for lower taxes.
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References in classic literature ?
Ever jealous for the race, they will legislate for the babes of boys yet to be born; and for the babes of girls, too, for they must be the mothers, wives, and sisters of these boys.
shall we condescend to legislate on any of these particulars?
She said the proposals were "sufficiently rigorous" to ensure very few cases will be dealt with under the divisive element that legislates for the threat of suicide as grounds for abortion.
He said that Parliament legislates and keep vigilant eye on administration's performance.
Thus, whenever a state legislates a law that contradicts the natural law, it has no authority in so doing and performs an act of illicit legislation.
In August 1996, President Clinton signed HIPAA, which legislates changes to a large number of health policy issues: healthcare information security and privacy practices, access to health insurance, healthcare reimbursement fraud and abuse, and simplification of administrative activities associated with providing healthcare services.