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Sunset Clause

A clause in a law or regulation automatically abolishing that law or regulation after a stated period of time. In order for the law or regulation to continue to have effect, specific action must be taken. A law or regulation without a sunset clause continues indefinitely. The U.S. state of Texas has sunset clauses abolishing nearly every state agency every 12 years unless they are specifically renewed.

sunset clause

A provision in a sales contract that sets a date for closing and after which the contract will be unenforceable except for provisions related to damages or earnest money refund or retention.

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Since most of the power projects have been delayed due to the policy paralysis on the part of the previous government it is only fair to give investors the benefit of the tax holiday by extending the date for the sunset clause,'' senior official said.
After Bill C-36 the Anti-Terrorism Act ("ATA") was introduced in Parliament in 2001, there was much debate about its provisions, and in response, a five-year sunset clause was attached to the new powers of preventive arrest and investigative hearings.
The changes to capital gains tax would be brought in as part of the Government's proposals to reduce the deficit and should not be seen as a permanent increase, so what about a sunset clause that will allow for a glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel?
I feel like a broken record when I talk about sunset clauses," said Scott Wilson, who's organized an assortment of protests and demonstrations against the proposed contract.
Of course, as I am sure you know, this legislation already has a sunset clause, so that it lapses every year unless it is renewed.
The Protect America Act is set to expire in six months due to a sunset clause.
In accordance with a sunset clause established by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), cellular carriers will be allowed to discontinue the Analog Mobile Phone Service (AMPS) networks on February 18, 2008.
At the very least, the Safer Communities and Neighbourhood Act should have a sunset clause.
Earlier this month, the House favored making the tax permanent in voting 64-25 to remove a sunset clause that would end the tax.
MPs had sat up through Thursday night as the House of Lords repeatedly voted for a sunset clause which would see the laws expire in a year.
Speaking in No 10, Mr Blair insisted the concession did not amount to the sunset clause he so fiercely argued would send the wrong message to fanatics.