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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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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.
We will also make the case that the scope of the LCO draft should be expanded, ensuring that we have enough powers in Wales to legislate upon suppliers of goods, services and public utilities within Wales as we see fit in the future.
Since 1997 Scottish members of parliament have had the power to decide and legislate on issues such as education, health and prisons.
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.
From now on, the Commission plans to apply the following principles to rule-making:* legislate only where necessary* carry out wide-ranging consultations and impact assessments before tabling a proposal* choose the appropriate instrument (Directive, Regulation etc)* speed up the legislative process* ensure rapid implementation* evaluate the effects of legislation* strengthen efforts to simplify existing legislation.
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).
President Clinton is not the only political player seeking to legislate an expansion of Medicare.