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To establish by law; to perform or effect; to decree.

Enact, sometimes used synonymously with adopt, is generally applied to legislative rather than executive action.

West's Encyclopedia of American Law, edition 2. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.

TO ENACT. To establish by law; to perform or effect; to decree. The usual formula in making laws is, Be it enacted.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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Maine expanded the cottage food concept into food sovereignty by enacting S 242 and S 605.
When enacting roles meaningful to the identity, this standard (hereafter referred to as "identity standard" in accordance with Burke's term) becomes the identity holder's basis from which decisions about how to enact a role are made, given the environment.
This allows leaders to work with teachers and others in developing and enacting a thoughtful curriculum.
The European Commission has scolded governments for dragging their heels in enacting anti-terrorism measures approved after the September 11, 2001, attacks and urged EU governments to set aside "bureaucratic and technical" hurdles.
States have attempted to overcome these challenges by enacting negative growth budgets, increasing taxes and fees, reorganizing programs, and drawing from their reserves.
Over the past several years, 39 states followed suit, enacting their own--in some cases more rigorous--mental-health parity bills.
In order to give the process of the theft of Indian rights an air of legitimacy, the Euro-Canadians began enacting legislation all under the guise of helping the poor dumb Indian.
Because of the critical need for ease in reciprocity and mobility, staff and volunteer resources were committed to enacting substantial equivalency in 40 states by the end of the year 2000.
Enacting decrees, regulations and edicts is an administrative and executive function.
To assist states, the AICPA-NASBA national steering committee on regulation of the profession--a joint committee including representatives from the AICPA, NASBA, state boards and state societies--is dedicated to enacting the UAA and providing information and assistance to states as they deal with implementation issues.
Justice Cahn resisted, however, noting that the "original purpose" for rent control laws "was to ensure affordable housing." He asserted that the Legislature "in enacting the Reform Act made a finding that wealthy tenants should no longer have the subsidies of stabilized rents while continuing the protection for other tenants."