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1. the act or process of making laws; enactment
2. the laws so made



(1) One of the basic methods by which the state exercises its functions, consisting in the promulgation of laws by agencies of state power. In the USSR legislation is the exclusive prerogative of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR (Constitution of the USSR, 1971, art. 32) and of the Supreme Soviets of the Union and autonomous republics. The enactment of legislation is the most important activity of the Supreme Soviets, since the laws they promulgate encompass the most important aspects of the country’s economic, sociocultural, and political development, as well as the fundamental problems of foreign policy.

(2) The body of legal norms regulating social relations as a whole or one of the forms of social relations, including civil and criminal legislation.

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Given the need to rebuild trust with Greece, the Euro Summit welcomes the commitments of the Greek authorities to legislate without delay a first set of measures," it said.
BAGHDAD / Nina / The President Fuad Masum stressed on Thursday the importance of the agreement of parliamentary blocs and the convergence of their views in order to legislate the important laws that affect the lives of citizens.
I can't legislate for only being able to bring in loans.
Simon Hamilton added it had become "critically important" to legislate on the measures already introduced elsewhere in the UK.
You cannot legislate the poor into prosperity by legislating the wealthy out of prosperity.
Dominic Grieve decided against sending the Wales (Official Languages) Bill to the court, despite Wales Office concerns that it breached Assembly competence to legislate only for the Welsh language, and not English.
The Parliament is the representation of the will of the people as they elect their representatives to solve their problems and legislate for them, said the Prime Minister while talking to parliamentarians at his Parliament House Chamber.
Summary: To legislate the transport allowance or not to legislate the transport allowance?
Advocate General for Scotland Lord Wallace will set out the UK Government's conclusions on the competence of the Scottish Parliament to legislate for a referendum on independence during a lecture at Glasgow University.
ISLAMABAD, December 06, 2010 (Balochistan Times): Ministry for Law and Justice has stopped National Assembly Standing Committee on Education from legislating on educational affairs and has made it clear that under the 18th amendment education is now a provincial matter and the center or standing committee cannot legislate on it.
Kevin Costner testified before the House of Representatives Science and Technology Committee asking the members to legislate centrifugal-devices stating "We've legislated life preservers.
Already they have dealt with Proposed Orders and Measures from Welsh government ministers, an Assembly committee, the Assembly Commission and, equally importantly, individual Assembly Members who obtained the opportunity to legislate by ballot.