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Overcriminalization

"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.

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111th Congress

The One Hundred Eleventh United States Congress was the meeting of the legislative branch of the United States federal government from January 3, 2009, until January 3, 2011. It began during the last two weeks of the George W. Bush administration, with the remainder spanning the first two years of Barack Obama's presidency.

Legislation Bill Sponsor State
S 105: A bill to amend the Ethics in Government Act of 1978 to establish criminal penalties for knowingly and willfully falsifying or failing to file or report certain information required to be reported under that act. Vitter LA
HR 3623: A bill to amend the Food, Conservation and Energy Act of 2008 to provide funding for successful claimants following a determination on the merits of Pigford claims related to racial discrimination by the Department of Agriculture. Davis AL
HR 373: A bill to amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to render inadmissible and deportable certain aliens convicted of drunk driving, and for other purposes. Flake AZ
S 3288: A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code to reduce tobacco smuggling, and for other purposes. Lautenberg NJ
HR 6260: A bill to amend the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act of 1974 to prohibit certain transfer fees and covenants in connection with the sale of real property. Waters CA
HR 6391: A bill to amend Title 18, United States Code, to prohibit public officials from engaging in undisclosed self-dealing. Weiner NY
HR 6544: A bill to amend Title 18, United States Code, to provide for the protection of the general public, and for other purposes. Conyers MI
HR 5127: A bill to amend Title 31, United States Code, to establish a reporting requirement for any stored value device carried out of, into or through the United States, to establish registration requirements for stored value programs, and for other purposes. Giffords AZ
HR 5648: A bill to amend Title 38, United States Code, to reinstate criminal penalties for persons charging veterans unauthorized fees. Bilirakis FL
HR 3600: A bill to prohibit the sale and counterfeiting of presidential inaugural tickets. Cleaver MO
S 60: A bill to prohibit the sale and counterfeiting of Presidential inaugural tickets. Feinstein CA
HR 5124: A bill to prohibit the use, production, sale, importation, or exportation of any pesticide containing atrazine. Ellison MN
HR 4589: A bill to provide consistent enforcement authority to the Bureau of Land Management, the National Park Service, the United States Fish and Wildlife Service and the Forest Service to respond to violations of regulations regarding the management, use, and protection of public lands under the jurisdiction of these agencies, and for other purposes Salazar CO
HR 6000: A bill to provide for criminal liability for the denial of health care coverage of a treatment or an individual, and for other purposes. Grayson FL
S 3632: A bill to provide for enhanced penalties to combat Medicare and Medicaid Fraud, a Medicare data-mining system and a beneficiary verification pilot program, and for other purposes. Gillibrand NY
HR 4813: A bill to provide for insurance reform (including health insurance reform), amend Title XVIII of the Social Security Act, to reform Medicare Advantage and reduce disparities in the Medicare program, regulate the importation of prescription drugs, and for other purposes. Berry AR
HR 2595: A bill to restrict certain exports of electronic waste. Green TX
HR 5410: Accountability in Corporate Political Activity Act of 2010 Lipinski IL
HR 1947: Accountability in Deferred Prosecution Act of 2009 Pascrell NJ
HR 3962: Affordable Health Care for America Act Dingell MI
HR 2027: Aircraft Passenger Whole-Body Imaging Limitations Act of 2009 Chaffetz UT
HR 1029: Alien Smuggling and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2009 Hill IN
S 1462: American Clean Energy Leadership Act of 2009 bingaman NM
HR 3713: American Health Care Solutions Act of 2009 Rogers MI
HR 1: American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 Obey WI