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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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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.
This project aims to improve legislating drafting processes through policy analysis, stakeholder open dialogue; enhance access of citizens to their elected representatives; strengthen grievance procedures; and support the implementation of UN Convention against Corruption.
The Chief Justice further said that the parliament was legislating and functional and they appreciated it.
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.
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.
It is a sobering, convincing, and timely warning on the futility, and the dangers, of legislating morality.
In regional terms, Dublin was the most supportive while the rest of Leinster was the least in favour of legislating for abortion.