July 11, 2007
A Pennsylvania legislator has expanded a state-mandated study into the effects of violent video games on children.
As reported by the Times-Leader (Wilkes-Barre, PA), Rep. Karen Boback (R, left) succeeded in amending a resolution to include other forms of media in addition to games. H.R. 94 was approved last week by the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in a 196-0 vote.
The resolution authorizes the Joint State Government Commission to begin the study and requires a report back to legislators within 180 days.
GP: It's unclear where the PA legislature hopes to go with this resolution. In some ways Rep. Boback's amendment actually seemss to undercut the authority of the previous version by removing subpoena power from the study group.
Interestingly, Rep. Boback's amendment also acknowledges the constitutional difficulties encountered by video game legislation in other states.