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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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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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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.
"And in that sense, I think it can be only a fair reading that it does legislate for...
The Bill aims to legislate for the X case judgment from the Supreme Court, which found abortion is legal if there is a real and substantial risk to the life of the mother, including the threat of suicide.
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.
ISLAMABAD, September 14, 2010 (Balochistan Times): Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry said that role of Parliament is to legislate and keep vigilant eye on performance of the administration.
ISLAMABAD, September 14, 2010 (Frontier Star): Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry said that role of Parliament is to legislate and keep vigilant eye on performance of the administration.