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Laws enforced through the government's role as regulator and protector have a daily impact on our lives.

How Do Laws Affect Us?

Laws have a daily impact on our lives--whether they relate to social services, education, housing, nutrition, food safety, consumer rights or the environment. Public policies such as legislation, resolutions, appropriations, new regulations for a current law or court decisions are used as solutions to problems expressed by the public. These actions are the result of public issues that have been debated and compromised through the policymaking process. The basic element is the process used to solve a public problem.