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legislate against (something)

To ban, prohibit, or forbid something through legislation. As it stands, over 20 states still legislate against recreational marijuana, despite the federal government lifting its own ban earlier this year. I just don't think the government should legislate against things like cheap junk food.
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legislate for (something)

To allow something to happen or take effect through legislation. The president has been a staunch supporter of healthcare reforms since taking office. Congress has successfully legislated for raising the age at which one is allowed to purchase alcohol.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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.
See also: legislate

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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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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If Ibon and their NatDem allies in the House of Representatives want a nationally legislated minimum wage, they might consider migrating to Venezuela.
Acknowledgement of this interest is at the core of legislated disclosure requirements.
Restricted-Capacity Magazine: Legislated capacity smaller than standard.
But although legislated demand provides--in today's highly competitive business environment--a guaranteed and secure market, this is by no means a passive or one-way process.
Location matters--More so than for most other coverages, workers compensation is a local item, affected by the intricacies of the individual jurisdictions' claims environments and legislated benefit structure.
The November 20, 2003, Speech from the Throne confirmed previous announcements from the Ontario government of its intent to introduce legislation rolling back the general corporate tax rate reductions legislated by the previous government.
Morbid jokes about taxpayer responses to the legislated 2011 reinstatement of the estate tax (after a full re-peal in 2010) did little to slow the further use and refinement of the technique.
Insurers must incorporate into their operations several new international, federal and state regulations dealing with privacy and security including the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Financial Services Modernization Act, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, the anti-money laundering USA PATRIOT Act; and state legislated optin/opt-out privacy mandates.
Among the main tax revenue categories, general sales taxes were up 3.8 percent However, after adjusting for the effects of legislated tax changes, the increase dropped to less than 3 percent Corporate taxes also rose 4.8 percent, marking their first increase in two years, but again this was primarily due to legislated tax changes.
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After the church went legit in the fourth century, the style became legislated.
But the greatest injustice is society's contempt for us, and that cannot be simply legislated away.
The party grew out of the 'Ili'oulaokani Coalition, a grass-roots environmental watchdog group that Takamine and other hula masters founded in 1997 after they forced state lawmakers to withdraw a bill that would have legislated out of existence dancers' rights to gather necessary hula materials--flowers, gourds, tree stumps for drumming--on undeveloped private property.
Thus as early as 1864, the new regime legislated the construction of "cellular" jails in all major cities, but virtually nothing happened because the government could not find the necessary funds, and this would only be the first in a series of "dead letter" laws in which reformers' plans were hamstrung by fiscal constraints.
Board members and Reserve Bank presidents can employ these observations, along with their knowledge of the national and international economic and financial situations, to carry out our legislated mandates.