H.R. 4171 (112th): Freedom from Over-Criminalization and Unjust Seizures Act of 2012

Mar 08, 2012 (112th Congress, 2011–2013)
Died (Referred to Committee)
Paul Broun Jr.
Representative for Georgia's 10th congressional district
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Mar 08, 2012
7 pages
Related Bills
S. 2062 (identical)

Referred to Committee
Last Action: Feb 02, 2012


This bill was introduced on March 8, 2012, in a previous session of Congress, but was not enacted.

Introduced Mar 08, 2012
Referred to Committee Mar 08, 2012
Full Title

To amend the Lacey Act Amendments of 1981 to repeal certain provisions relating to criminal penalties and violations of foreign laws, and for other purposes.


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20 cosponsors (18R, 2D) (show)

House Natural Resources

Fisheries, Wildlife, Oceans and Insular Affairs

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Freedom from Over-Criminalization and Unjust Seizures Act of 2012 - Amends the Lacey Act Amendments of 1981 to repeal the prohibition on importing, exporting, transporting, selling, receiving, acquiring, or purchasing in interstate or foreign commerce:
(1) fish or wildlife taken, possessed, transported, or sold in violation of foreign law; or
(2) plants taken, possessed, transported, or sold in violation of foreign law, without the payment of appropriate royalties, taxes, or stumpage fees required by foreign law, or in violation of any limitation under foreign law that governs the export or transshipment of plants.
Repeals the prohibition on possessing such fish, wildlife, or plants within the special maritime and territorial jurisdiction of the United States.
Establishes a $200,000 maximum limit on a civil penalty for a knowing violation of such Act that involves fish, wildlife, or plants with a market value of $350 or more.
Repeals: (1) criminal penalties under such Act, and (2) the authorization to suspend, modify, or cancel specified licenses or permits issued to any person who is convicted of a criminal violation of such Act.

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