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Promulgation is the act of formally proclaiming or declaring a new statutory or administrative law after its enactment. In some jurisdictions, this additional step is necessary before the law can take effect.

After a new law is approved, it is announced to the public through the publication of the text of the law in a government periodical and/or on official websites. National laws of extraordinary importance to the public may be announced by the head of state on a national broadcast. Local laws are usually announced in the local newspapers and published in bulletins or compendia of municipal regulations.[citation needed]

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  1. ^ Article 109 of the Belgian Constitution
  2. ^ Articles 13.3.2° and 25.4.2°
  3. ^ Gregorian Calendar Act 1753 Statutes of the Isle of Man, I, Douglas, 1883, pp. 258–267 
  4. ^ Statutory Time etc. Act 1883 Statutes of the Isle of Man, V, p. 209 
  5. ^ Acts of Tynwald (Promulgation) Act 1865 Statutes of the Isle of Man, III, p. 176 
  6. ^ An Act to further alter the mode of promulgating Acts of Tynwald Statutes of the Isle of Man, VII, p. 1 
  7. ^ Promulgation Act 1988 sections 2, 3 and 5
  8. ^ Acts of Tynwald (Emergency Promulgation) Act 1916 Statutes of the Isle of Man, X, p. 31 
  9. ^ Interpretation Act 1976 section 10
  10. ^ Promulgation Act 1988 section 3
  11. ^ can. 8 §1, CIC, 1983
  12. ^ can. 8 §2, CIC, 1983