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Overcriminalization

"Overcriminalization" describes the trends in America - and particulary in Congress - to use the criminal law to "solve" every problem, punish every mistake (instead of making proper use of civil penalties), and coerce Americans into conforming their behavior to satisfy social engineering objectives.

S 105: A bill to amend the Ethics in Government Act of 1978 to establish criminal penalties for knowingly and willfully falsifying or failing to file or report certain information required to be reported under that act.

Official Title

A bill to amend the Ethics in Government Act of 1978 to establish criminal penalties for knowingly and willfully falsifying or failing to file or report certain information required to be reported under that act.

Analysis

This bill would punish the knowing and willful falsification of, or failure to file a report concerning, any information required to be reported under the Ethics in Government Act of 1978 (e.g., income, gifts, property interests, etc.) with criminal fines and imprisonment of up to 1 year.

Legislation Details
SPONSOR

Vitter (R - LA)

STATUS:

01/06/2009: Referred to Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee
01/06/2009: Introduced