Enacting Clause Law and Legal Definition

This clause is a part of the statute which indicates the legislative authority by which the statute is made and its effective date. Some state constitutions specify the enacting clause for legislation, and such legislation becomes void without the enacting clause. Generally, enacting clauses appear in historical or legislative notes in codifications of statutes. An enacting clause often begins with the words “Be it enacted that…” In the case of a federal statute, the beginning words shall be: “Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled.”