Rep. George Holding of Raleigh has been named to the newly created Overcriminalization Task Force of 2013, which will examine federal criminal laws.
The task force is part of the House Judiciary Committee. According to the news release, there are 4,500 federal crimes on the U.S. Criminal code. The task force “will assess how to reduce federal overreach and ensure that lawbreakers are held responsible while also protecting constitutional rights and civil liberties.''
“I'm excited to be joining the Overcriminalization Task Force,” Holding said in a statement. “As a former U.S. Attorney, I look forward to contributing to the conversation about how we can improve our federal laws. As new federal criminal laws are created, so are burdensome federal regulations – we must look at whether federal criminal laws are efficient, relevant, and protect personal freedom.''