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NACDL News: Congressional Task Force on Overcriminalization Holds Hearings on Regulatory Offenses
By Ivan J. Dominguez
NACDL News columns.
Witnesses who testified before the Congressional Task Force on Overcriminalization included (left to right) Reed D. Rubinstein, Rachel Barkow, Lawrence Lewis, and Joyce Kinder.
The Congressional Task Force on Overcriminalization, which was created on May 7, 2013, by a unanimous vote of the House Committee on the Judiciary, held its third hearing on Oct. 30, 2013. The task force — composed of five Democrats and five Republicans — has been charged to “conduct hearings and investigations and issue a report on overcriminalization in the federal code, as well as possible solutions.”
The official topic of the Oct. 30 hearing was “Regulatory Crime: Identifying the Scope of the Problem.” The witnesses at the hearing included Reed D. Rubinstein (Partner, Disnmore & Shohl, LLP) and Rachel Barkow (Segal Family Professor of Regulatory Law and Policy, New York School of Law), as well as two victims of regulatory overcriminalization, Lawrence Lewis (Bowie, Md.) and Joyce Kinder (Grand Ri
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