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house Bill H.R. 498

Should Unused Sections of the U.S. Code Be Eliminated?

Argument in favor

The U.S. Code is unnecessarily complicated and criminalizes actions that shouldn’t be criminal, such as transporting water hyacinths across state lines. It’d be better for criminal law enforcement to simplify the Code to criminalize only what should be illegal.

Chickie's Opinion
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01/22/2019
Since many loopholes are being used for dishonest purposes; since other sections are now obsolete, yes, they should be reviewed and removed. Since it may be deemed a waste of time for group of Congress to work on this ‘clean-up’, perhaps assign a staff member from the representative’s office to work on the clean-up. The representatives would need to decide in the number of members required. Each representative would be responsible for their assigned person and would be responsible to sign off on the finished project before sending for a vote. The group must be a split of Democrat, Republican, including Independent voices. These arcane sections would be allocated where the parts removed could be easily accessed for review.
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01/21/2019
If only we could clean up the Tax Code as easily! Sigh!🙄
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01/23/2019
Why stop with the unused sections? I'm sure there are plenty of used sections that deserve elimination, too. In fact, let's scrap the whole thing and start over.
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Argument opposed

While there are some extraneous laws in the U.S. Code, they aren’t generally enforced, so there’s no need to waste Congress’ time on eliminating these unused sections of the Code. Additionally, if the Code were to be cleaned up, it’d be better to do so comprehensively, rather than using the piecemeal approach in this bill.

burrkitty's Opinion
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01/21/2019
I don’t want ANY POLITICIAN to conveniently edit the law to suit themselves. Who is choosing what gets deleted and what stays? Water Hyacinths can go but the Jim Crow laws don’t? Get a nonpartisan group to do this and make the recommendations. Not a politician.
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Linda's Opinion
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01/21/2019
This is a waste of Congress’ time. Codes not used are doing no harm. Get to work on more important issues.
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Jeffrey's Opinion
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01/21/2019
Any US codes that are on the books should be left as they are. Let someone get in there to “clean” it up and I guarantee crucial codes would be erased to benefit a group or groups of people
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    IntroducedJanuary 11th, 2019

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Title

Clean Up the Code Act of 2019

Official Title

To eliminate unused sections of the United States Code, and for other purposes.

Summary

Clean Up the Code Act of 2019 This bill repeals specified sections of the federal criminal code, including provisions that prohibit the following: interstate transport of alligator grass, water chestnut plants, or water hyacinth plants; fraudulent use of the 4-H club emblem (i.e., the green four-leaf clover with stem); unauthorized use of the Smokey Bear character or name; and unauthorized use of the Woodsy Owl character, name, or slogan.
    Since many loopholes are being used for dishonest purposes; since other sections are now obsolete, yes, they should be reviewed and removed. Since it may be deemed a waste of time for group of Congress to work on this ‘clean-up’, perhaps assign a staff member from the representative’s office to work on the clean-up. The representatives would need to decide in the number of members required. Each representative would be responsible for their assigned person and would be responsible to sign off on the finished project before sending for a vote. The group must be a split of Democrat, Republican, including Independent voices. These arcane sections would be allocated where the parts removed could be easily accessed for review.
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    I don’t want ANY POLITICIAN to conveniently edit the law to suit themselves. Who is choosing what gets deleted and what stays? Water Hyacinths can go but the Jim Crow laws don’t? Get a nonpartisan group to do this and make the recommendations. Not a politician.
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    If only we could clean up the Tax Code as easily! Sigh!🙄
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    This is a waste of Congress’ time. Codes not used are doing no harm. Get to work on more important issues.
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    Why stop with the unused sections? I'm sure there are plenty of used sections that deserve elimination, too. In fact, let's scrap the whole thing and start over.
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    Oy vey. This is like cleaning out an old storage unit instead of cleaning ones house. It’s all very interesting, the stuff you’ll find, but your house is a damn mess. Focus!
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    Any US codes that are on the books should be left as they are. Let someone get in there to “clean” it up and I guarantee crucial codes would be erased to benefit a group or groups of people
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    Just as any individual reviews their own documents each year to justify keeping or outdated information, we should have a clear and updated criminal laws stated.
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    UNLESS THEY DECRIMINALIZE LEAVING FOOD & WATER IN THE DESERT FOR WHOM EVER MAY FIND IT THEN REMOVING UNUSED LAWS AS STATED IS SUCH A WASTE OF TIME - ESPECIALLY WHEN OUR GOVERNMENT IS STILL SHUT DOWN AND THE GOP ARE PLAYING GAMES ABOUT IT!!
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    Good idea, but the entire code should be rewritten at local, state and federal levels. All discrimination should be removed. All loopholes should be removed. All language that benefits special interests should be removed. All code, legislation, policy should pass ethics review and should be For the People, Of The People and By The People.
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    No not by this administration. Too much corruption and not enough concern given to the people these policies impact.
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    We have a lot of other problems with the government not being fully open. Might want to start there, you think?
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    Not without research, transparency & consultations. We are not going to blindly throw everything into the trash. The gop who introduced this bill, is in a party that has shown zero integrity & credibility. Remind me of the first bill on the first day was for again....see below. “Monday night, House Republicans voted 119-74 during a closed-door meeting in favor of Virginia Rep. Bob Goodlatte's proposal, which would place the independent Office of Congressional Ethics under the control of those very lawmakers. The full House was set to vote on the plan Tuesday, part of a larger package of House rules changes.” By Deirdre Walsh, Manu Raju and Stephen Collinson, CNN Updated 6:38 PM EST, Tue January 03, 2017
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    This is a good idea in principle. And the particular laws mentioned in this act seem reasonable for pruning. But this is a very low priority right now. Can't you guys focus on the real problems?
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    I worry about deleting codes without oversight.
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    What? Eliminate laws? Need to know details. Is this being done for nefarious purposes?
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    JUST MORE WAS TO TAKE UP TIME AND NOT TAKE CARE OF THE REAL PROBLEMS-----SHUTDOWN ---CORRUPTION IN GOVERNMENT -----TREASONOUS TRUMP
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    We have more important things to worry about right now then the rights to Smokey Bears logo...
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    There's so much else currently needing to be done that this is something for a rainy day. Fix immigration, infrastructure, climate change, unscrupulous lenders, WIC.
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    Other purposes? 🤔
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