statute book


Definition of statute book

: the whole body of legislation of a given jurisdiction whether or not published as a whole usually used in plural

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But the death penalty is still on the statute book. The Economist, "Learn the law, hope for freedom," 4 July 2019 This raises the prospect that at any time the legislature in London could decide not to put a new EU law onto the U.K. statute book, a step that would likely lead to the suspension of the U.K.’s special membership of the EU’s single market. Stephen Fidler, WSJ, "Cabinet Clash Only First Test for U.K.’s New Brexit Strategy," 10 July 2018 By 1900, the gold standard was written into the statute books. James Grant, WSJ, "‘American Default’ Review: A New Deal for Gold," 28 May 2018 Though declared unconstitutional in 2013, a law against mocking the president remains on the statute books and Mr Mnangagwa has supported keeping it. The Economist, "Satire is booming after Robert Mugabe’s fall," 24 May 2018 The party is also trying to force onto the statute book the government’s pledge to avoid a hard Irish border as a result of Brexit. Emma Ross-thomas,, "Brexit Bulletin: Blair and the Abyss," 26 Mar. 2018 Lawmakers voted 326-290 in favor of a bill designed to transpose more than 10,000 EU laws on to the U.K. statute book. Jenny Gross, WSJ, "U.K.’s May Wins Vote on Brexit Bill but Debate Over How to Exit EU Rages On," 11 Sep. 2017 As for the left, the opposition Labour Party is pushing the government to tweak legislation aimed at bringing EU law on to the U.K. statute book, from where it can be edited. Simon Kennedy,, "Brexit Bulletin: Under Pressure From All Sides," 8 Sep. 2017 Another was that as a matter of principle not a line of the Affordable Care Act should be left on the statute books. Karl Rove, WSJ, "Is the Republican Congress Hopeless?," 19 July 2017

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First Known Use of statute book

1823, in the meaning defined above

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