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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 1: American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009

Official Title

A bill making supplemental appropriations for job preservation and creation, infrastructure investment, energy efficiency and science, assistance to the unemployed, and State and local fiscal stabilization, for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2009, and for other purposes.


Several versions of this economic “stimulus” legislation, including the latest substitute amendment in the Senate, would extend civil and criminal liability and penalties for violations security and privacy regulations under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act to business associates of HIPAA “covered entities.”

Legislation Details

Obey (D - WI)


02/17/2009: Signed by the President
02/10/2009: Senate Passage
01/29/2009: Received in Senate
01/26/2009: Introduced