NY Legislation Permits Seizure of Unrated Games

New York State is leading the nation in video game legislation this year.

By our count, the Empire State has at least three video game bills in the works. GamePolitics has previously broken the news about retail-oriented legislative proposals introduced by a pair of Democrats, Rep. Keith Wright and Rep. Aurelia Greene.

A third bill, proposed by Republican Rep. Brian Kolb, offers the standard language prohibiting the sale of violent or sexually explicit games to minors, but brings an unusual twist.

In addition to blocking retailers from selling such games to minors, the bill, A02787, provides “the Courts” the power to confiscate any games which do not clearly display a rating label. The bill also requires retailers to make games available for review by parents prior to purchase.

Kolb’s bill calls for fines of up to $1,000 as well as unspecified criminal penalties. If passed, the measure will take effect on November 1st.

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