enabling statute

Definition of "enabling statute"
  1. A law that gives a government entity the authorization to do something that was not previously permissible
How to use "enabling statute" in a sentence
  1. The enabling statute provided the necessary legal foundation for the creation of the new regulatory agency.
  2. Without a proper enabling statute, the actions of the department were deemed illegitimate.
  3. The state department relied on the enabling statute to introduce new measures for environmental protection.

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