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"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.

HR 2595: A bill to restrict certain exports of electronic waste.

Official Title

A bill to restrict certain exports of electronic waste.


This bill would prohibit the export of electronic equipment and parts containing any of a dozen substances, such as polychlorinated biphenyls and mercury, to members of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), members of the European Union, the nation of Lichtenstein. Violations would be punishable by criminal fines and imprisonment of up to 2 years.

Legislation Details

Green (D - TX)


06/02/2009: Referred to the Subcommittee on Energy and Environment
05/21/2009: Referred to House Energy and Commerce Committee
05/21/2009: Introduced