Once High-Profile, Utah’s Video Game Legislative Effort Fades to Black

Not with a bang, but a whimper…

T.S. Eliot wasn’t writing about the ending to Utah’s recent efforts to legislate video games, but he could have been. If you haven’t been following the Utah situation – perhaps "circus" is a more apt description – by all means, check out GamePolitics’ coverage of the failed legislation.

The short version is that HB50, a measure equating games with pornography, was blocked in committee when the state’s attorney general raised concerns over its constitutionality. Rep. Scott Wyatt (left), a Republican, sponsored the bill.

As a compromise, a non-binding resolution was drafted which gutted the original bill’s enforcement provisions, replacing them with a directive to the A.G. to provide support to other states involved in litigation over game violence statutes.

Even that watered-down solution appears to have failed, however. GP notes that the compromise resolution, HR15, has been quietly moved from committee to the Utah House file for defeated measures.

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