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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 3270: America's Cup Act of 2011

Official Title

A bill to facilitate the hosting in the United States of the 34th America's Cup by authorizing certain eligible vessels to participate in activities related to the competition.


This bill would authorize marine vessels to take part as competitors or as support ships in the 34th America’s Cup boat race. The bill proposes that an Eligibility Certification must be obtained by any participating vessel. If the certification is not obtained, or if the vessel does not comply with the federal statute on coastwise endorsement, a violation would be punishable by up to one year imprisonment and a fine under Title 18, U.S. Code. This bill is related to H.R. 3321 and S. 1759.

Legislation Details

bilbray (R - CA)


10/28/2011: Referred to the Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation.10/27/2011: Referred to House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee
10/27/2011: Introduced House