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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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With the expenditures for Medicaid and Medicare consuming huge percents of state and Federal budgets, it will soon become apparent that legislating medical care based on anecdotes has ramifications.
Criticism were driven by MPs against Speaker, Nujeifi, due to the dedication of sessions for reciting statements instead of legislating 250 draft laws that were inherited from the previous parliament.
Almost every week we see new evidence of how the Assembly's limited powers preclude it from legislating in our best interests.
Legislating against discrimination; an international survey of anti-discrimination norms.
backed DeLay's proposal, telling Focus on the Family's "Family News in Focus" that a court-stripping measure that limits the reach of the federal courts will "bring an end to the judicial activism that has resulted almost in legislating from the bench.
8) The United States has been basically unsuccessful, however, in legislating the arm's-length principle.
Judge Alito is a top tier judicial pick who is a well known conservative jurist with a lengthy track record of interpreting the Constitution and not legislating from the bench.
Their comments came as it was claimed the Coalition will finalise proposals on legislating for the X Case in time for tomorrow's Cabinet meeting.
I suggest that legislators do the right thing and begin legislating changes such as mandating a pay scale according to experience, decreasing the required costly continuing education units and requiring third-party payers to reimburse us when we employ interns who work with clients.
It is a sobering, convincing, and timely warning on the futility, and the dangers, of legislating morality.
It's important to note that the bi-partisan support in the Senate underscores the acceptance of John Roberts and his judicial philosophy of interpreting the Constitution instead of legislating from the bench - a philosophy embraced by most Americans.
In regional terms, Dublin was the most supportive while the rest of Leinster was the least in favour of legislating for abortion.
Since courts have interpreted freedom of speech broadly enough to include film and other forms of expression, it's clear Congress is prohibited from legislating in this area.
We have no doubt that President Bush will select a nominee who embraces his judicial philosophy of interpreting the Constitution - not legislating from the bench.
He also expressed concerns that legislating for the X case - could lead to abortions on demand.