In Delaware, Another Try at Video Game Legislation

Delaware Rep. Helene Keeley (D, left) made news last year when she introduced what is believed to be the first video game bill authored by controversial, anti-game attorney Jack Thompson.

That piece of legislation failed to pass the Delaware Assembly, but on Wednesday Keeley introduced a new bill designed to prevent minors from accessing mature game content.

It is not clear whether Thompson is involved this time around, but the new proposal, HB77, bears little resemblance to recent bills authored by Thompson in Louisiana and Utah. Both of those¬†ultimately failed. Louisiana’s video game law was struck down by a federal judge in November, while the Utah legislation died in committee earlier this year.

Keeley’s new bill would require ESRB ratings to be displayed at the point of sale. In addition, retailers would be barred from selling M and AO-rated games to underage buyers. An I.D. check would be required as well.

GP: Thanks to long time GamePolitics reader James Donaldson for the scoop!

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