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Wednesday, January 8 • 3:25pm - 4:35pm
Getting Rid of Unnecessary Criminal Laws

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The panel will discuss the negative impact that “overcriminalization” has on both liberty and economic growth. There are over 1,700 criminal laws in Texas, including 1,500 outside the penal code and even eleven felonies related to oysters! Overcriminalization has been a burden on individuals and businesses in Texas for years, and we need to move back towards a system that recognizes the difference between a crime and something that is better handled through civil or administrative remedies.

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Vikrant Reddy

Policy analyst for the Center for Effective Justice, Texas Public Policy Foundation
Vikrant P. Reddy is a policy analyst in the Center for Effective Justice at the Texas Public Policy Foundation, where he coordinates the Right On Crime campaign. He has authored several reports on criminal justice policy and is a frequent speaker and media commentator on the topic.  Reddy has worked as a research assistant at The Cato Institute, as a law clerk to the Honorable Gina M. Benavides of the Thirteenth Court of Appeals of Texas... Read More →

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Shannon Edmonds

Director of Governmental Relations, TDCAA
Shannon Edmonds is the Director of Governmental Relations for the Texas District and  | County Attorneys Association (TDCAA), the largest statewide association of prosecutors in the  | nation. Mr. Edmonds serves as a liaison between prosecutors and the Texas Legislature on  | criminal justice, juvenile justice, and government representation issues. Upon the conclusion of  | each legislative session, he authors TDCAA’s... Read More →
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Representative Bryan Hughes

Texas House of Representatives
Bryan Hughes represents District Five in the Texas House of Representatives. He is a member  | of the House Appropriations Committee, and the Subcommittee on Natural Resources, Business  | and Economic Development, and Regulatory Agencies. He also serves on the Committee on  | Criminal Jurisprudence. | | He is humbled to represent the people of Camp, Morris, Rains, Titus, Smith, and Wood  | Counties. | | Born and raised in... Read More →
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Paul Larkin

Senior Legal Research Fellow, The Heritage Foundation
Paul Larkin is a Senior Legal Research Fellow at The Heritage Foundation. Paul  | has an undergraduate degree from Washington & Lee University, a law degree  | from Stanford Law School, and a masters in public policy degree from George  | Washington University. He has held numerous positions throughout the criminal  | justice system. For example, he has been a federal agent, a lawyer at the Justice  | Department... Read More →
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Representative Jeff Leach

Texas House of Representatives
State Representative Jeff Leach proudly serves the citizens of House District 67, consisting of portions of Plano, Allen, Richardson and Dallas in Collin County. A committed conservative, Representative Leach believes in limiting the size and scope of government, lowering taxes and wisely investing in the critical infrastructure necessary to ensure Texas remains prosperous and strong as the state continues to grow. | | Representative Leach... Read More →

Wednesday January 8, 2014 3:25pm - 4:35pm
Capitol View Terrace North

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