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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 4936: Antifreeze Bittering Act of 2008

Official Title

A bill to amend the Federal Hazardous Substances Act to require engine coolant and antifreeze to contain a bittering agent so as to render it unpalatable.


Creates criminal penalties of up to $3,000 in fines and one year imprisonment and civil penalties of up to $1,250,000 for selling or delivering antifreeze containing ethylene glycol (a common ingredient) that the seller or deliverer does not believe, "in good faith," also contains between 30 and 50 parts per million of denatonium benzoate, a bittering agent.

Legislation Details

ackerman (D - NY)


01/15/2008: Referred to House Energy and Commerce Committee
01/15/2008: Introduced