Senator Rand Paul Gets It Right on OvercriminalizationSubmitted by Galileo on Sun, 10/07/2012 - 16:21
Senator Rand Paul Gets It Right on Overcriminalization
IFSEA was purportedly designed to help with the enforcement of international fishing standards, but that is not all it does. The IFSEA would also:
* Increase without justification already severe criminal penalties;
* Expand the authority of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to promulgate new regulations that provide for criminal penalties for violations; and
* Provide NOAA with additional funding for law enforcement purposes.
Thanks to the resolve of Senator Rand Paul (R–KY), IFSEA was removed from the Coast Guard Authorization Act. Senator Paul should be applauded for being concerned about overcriminalization, for practicing what he preaches, and for protecting the public against bad public policy.