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pass law

(formerly, in South Africa) a law restricting the movement of Black Africans, esp from rural to urban areas
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Here, police fired into a crowd of people demonstrating against the pass laws killing 67, some of who were women and children shot in the back while trying to escape.
The provincial legislatures have been found to pass laws reinstating politically aligned individuals in employment individuals who had previously been removed on charges of misconduct.
They insisted on continuing with business and have committee sittings, where they can draw some allowances, and pass laws that will enable them to take car loans and mortgages without security.
President Rodrigo Duterte said he was pushing for the creation of a separate department for Overseas Filipino Workers and a national ID system but Congress had to pass laws to this effect.
Then again, what could be expected from lawmakers who pass laws minimising the income tax they have to pay.
National Right to Life is working to pass laws to ban these barbaric abortions.
Representatives of Highway and Auto Safety urge legislators to pass laws that protect motor vehicle occupants as much as possible, penalize distracted drivers and regulate teenage drivers.
When I explained the political situation in Wales to my English friends, in which the Welsh Assembly has to apply for permission from the Westminster Parliament to be able to pass laws concerning devolved issues in Wales, they were absolutely astounded and couldn't see any sense in the process at all.
In his letter on Monday he says that I was wrong in a recent column to claim that the Westminster Parliament cannot pass laws without notifying the European Commission first.
Some Texas officials believe that refusing to pass laws aimed at controlling firearms makes the state safer, arguing that a well-armed population makes would-be criminals think twice.
The Parliament was requested to pass laws more efficiently and to improve political dialogue between the government and opposition.