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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.

S 914: Veterans Programs Improvement Act of 2011

Official Title

A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to authorize the waiver of the collection of copayments for telehealth and telemedicine visits of veterans, and for other purposes.


The primary concern of this bill is regarding veterans’ benefits, but it also includes an amended criminal law provision. This bill would amend 18 U.S.C. § 1388 to increase the time and place restrictions on demonstrations of military funerals that are at Arlington National Cemetery or other national cemeteries. This bill would increase the time restrictions from 60 minutes before or after the ceremony to 120 minutes, and increase the distance at which a demonstration could take place from 150 feet to 300 feet. The penalty would be unchanged, as a violation would be punishable by imprisonment for up to 1 year and a maximum fine under Title 18, U.S. Code.

Legislation Details

begich (D - AK)


10/11/2011: Placed on Senate calendar
10/11/2011: Reported to Senate with an amendment in the nature of a substitute by Senate Veterans Affairs Committee
06/08/2011: Hearing Held by Senate Veterans Affairs Committee
05/09/2011: Introduced Senate