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House Judiciary establishes bipartisan task force to take on overcriminalization

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The Heritage Foundation's The Foundry blog reported today that the House Committee on the Judiciary created the bipartisan Over-Criminalization Task Force of 2013. The goal of the task force is to "conduct hearings and investigations relating to over-criminalization issues within the Committee." The task force, will be chaired by Representative James Sensenbrenner (R-WI) and will consist of five Democrats and five Republicans.

The formation of this task force publicizes both the acknowledgment by Congress that the problem of overcriminalization is real and that the House Judiciary is willing to take active steps to address the alarming criminal law trends which depart from traditional common law norms and threaten individual and economic liberty.

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I'm all for applauding Congress when they actually do something right, but my hands have gone unclapped for quite a long time. That we're inclined to applaud them for just proposing to think about doing something right seems a good indication of just how awful Congress has become.

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