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Colorado passes anti-overcriminalization law



The Colorado legislature has overwhelmingly passed, and the governor has signed, HB 1239, a bill that requires new criminal statutes to jump through a few hoops before being introduced and passed. It won't necessarily stop complications to the criminal laws, but, by making legislators evaluate whether the proposed prohibited conduct is already covered by law, one hopes that the requirement that attention must be paid will help rationalize future amendments. Colorado already has 30,000 criminal and regulatory laws on the books. [Krause (Independence Institute) @ HuffPo]

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