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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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Speaking in advance of the lecture, Lord Wallace said: "The Scotland Act 1998 is clear: the Scottish Parliament cannot legislate on matters reserved to the UK Parliament.
Chairwoman Menna Machreth said: "We will be emphasising that the right to legislate over the Welsh language are transferred completely from London to Wales.
Since 1997 Scottish members of parliament have had the power to decide and legislate on issues such as education, health and prisons.
Starting with an introduction, the first section addresses, "Why Christians Shouldn't Legislate Morality.
To protect that income, Chile in 2004 will legislate sport fishing to better sustain trout and salmon populations.
Bush merely criticized situations where courts actually legislate over what has already been legislated by the proper power, the legislature, irrespective of constitutional issues, something which is all too common.
On behalf of Tax Executives Institute (TEI), I am writing to express TEI's disappointment with the announced intention to legislate a rollback of corporate income taxes to 2001 levels.
political arena by instructing American Catholic voters how to vote and American Catholic public officials how to legislate.
They say you can't legislate morality, and Buzz thinks you can't legislate maturity either; not to mention cell phones are just one of many electronic devices that emit radio signals.
He cites William Jennings Bryan's 1896 critique of supply-side economics: "Them are those who believe that, if you will only legislate to make the well-to-do prosperous, their prosperity will leak through on those below.
Shiokawa also chided some top policy-makers of the ruing Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) for asking the government to legislate tax cutbacks during the current fiscal year to help bolster the economy.
It is only recently, however, that our society has given it a name and decided to monitor it, study it, and legislate against it.
General Assembly, calls on countries to legislate to ban organized crime and money laundering, as well as to cooperate with each other in investigations and on the extradition of suspects.
But attempts to legislate such a uniform code had long foundered over the issue of the death penalty (which the surviving Tuscan code had rejected) and were further complicated by the rise of Lombroso and Ferri's criminal anthropology in the 1870s and 1880s, which called the assumptions of classical criminology into question.
He brings a slew of unconventional ideas - including drug decriminalization, sessions devoted to repealing existing laws, and scrapping one house of the state legislature - and a blunt, in-your-face style rarely seen in politics ("You can't legislate stupidity" was one of his campaign slogans).